Monday, November 24, 2008

CDCR Youth Decorate Governor’s Mansion for Christmas

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) youth from the Division of Juvenile Justice helped deck the halls for the holidays. These young men from the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp were invited to help decorate the historic Governor’s Mansion in downtown Sacramento.

CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate greeted the youth and got a quick tour of the mansion. He expressed his gratitude toward the young men who recently fought the wildfires in Southern California.

This has been a tradition for the young men of Pine Grove with this being the 15th year of decorating the Governor’s Mansion. The young men helped set up five Christmas trees and strung the lights. They also placed garland, boughs and wreaths on staircases and fences outside.

“Decorating the Governor’s Mansion is a big change from the fire lines,” Pine Grove Youth Correctional Counselor Tom Menley said. “Fighting fires is strenuous and this is more of a relaxing event for these young men that they can look back on and remember the spirit of the holidays.”

After decorating the mansion, the youth were taken on a tour by docent, Linda Bergmann. They also were treated to a pizza lunch.

Approximately 80 youth are assigned to the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in Amador County. The holiday boughs are made at the facility with fresh pine branches, pine cones and red ribbon. The boughs adorn many city street lights throughout Amador County during the holiday season.