School days are upon us. For some of you with school age children, “school daze” may be more appropriate. It takes a lot of people to prepare for the school year and with that spirit in mind, our Corporate Communications team recently partnered with Hands on Bay Area and worked with the Ravenswood City School District superintendent to identify a school in Menlo Park, CA to help get it ready for the school year. A team of 60 Cisco volunteers spent over 180 man hours painting interior walls, removing white boards, sanding and painting benches, assembling planter boxes, painting a mural and overall clipping hedges and trees and cleaning, weeding and installing a garden in the courtyard for Belle Haven school. Cisco has been involved with the Costano School in East Palo Alto, CA since our early days (it is across from the original Cisco building) and we were honored and proud to help another school in the area where we were founded.Upon hearing that we were going to descend upon her school and do some work to help get the school year off with a clean, tidy and replenished look, new Belle Haven Principal Maria Ibarra commented, “I am very excited to hear that Cisco volunteers are enthusiastic and ready to help give our students, staff and community a school where the environment invites and inspires learning.” We were happy to do a small part to help make our community a little better place. Please view this short video to see some of the Corporate Communications team in action. The first segment with a first-grader talking about what he is going to do next year is priceless.Thanks to Belle Haven school for being so welcoming of our ragamuffin Corporate Communications volunteer crew and thanks to the ragamuffin crew for working hard on a very hot day.