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Dayworkers help at school garden to highlight fruits of their labor
Dayworkers help at school garden to highlight fruits of their labor

Most mornings, day laborer Guillermo Perez heads to the Home Depot near MacArthur Park to look for work. If he's lucky, he brings home $100. Last week, Perez gave up the prospect of a paycheck one morning to volunteer at a local elementary school. For five hours, beneath a dark sky that threatened rain, Perez and other workers raked soil and trimmed trees in a garden where students are growing tomatoes, zucchinis and peppers. Workers have been volunteering at Evelyn Thurman Gratts Elementary School in Westlake to highlight their contributions to the city after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti slashed funding for the city's day laborer centers in his proposed budget for next...

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