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October 16, 2007 > Parkmont Panthers on the prowl

Parkmont Panthers on the prowl

By Justine Yan

When panthers are on the prowl, not even the rain can stop them.

Though parents were advised to insure proper hydration of their children, there was plenty of water throughout the event. Last Friday, on October 12, Parkmont students walked, jogged, and ran around their school track, despite the rainy weather.

First, teachers led students of all ages through stretches and warm-up exercises. Participants were assigned to red, white, blue and green stations, and groups were given 20 minutes to cover as many laps around the track as they could. Students had spent a month accumulating pledges based on distances that they would run and flat amount donations as well. Several corporate sponsors made monetary contributions and provided prizes for the children who participated in fundraising for their school.

Platinum sponsors were Banwart and Son Trucking, Inc., VonEu & Trucking, Inc., and Cal Skate of Milpitas; Gold sponsors include Satellite Entertainment Productions, Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen and Co., CPAs, Magnussens Lexus of Fremont, and Martinek Manufacturing, Inc.; and Silver sponsors were StarBrite Dental - Muniwara Lokhandwala, D.D.S., Ballet San Jose, American Musical Theatre, Cloverleaf Family Bowl, Club Sport Fremont, Fremont Swim School, Six Flags Magic Mountain in LA, and San Jose Repertory Theatre; while Bronze sponsors were Benjamin Chew, DDS, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Oakland Athletics, Chabot Space and Science Center, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Hiller Aviation Museum, Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Round Table Pizza, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Winchester Mystery House, Four Winds Growers, EBRP, Safeway, Lucky, Raley's, See's Candy, Exploratorium, Allegro Music, Costco, Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Dave & Busters, Sweet Tomatoes, Great America, San Francisco Giants, Peet's Coffee, and Oberto Sausage Company.

Each child at this Fremont school was involved in the event, setting a goal to reach 60 dollars. The entire school's goal for this year eclipsed last year's $40,000. That is a lot of money to walk, jog, and run for, but these Panthers were up to the task. All proceeds of the prowl goes directly to teachers for classroom enrichment - field trips, art supplies, music, and classroom libraries.

"Every cent raised at Parkmont will stay at Parkmont, and every dollar will make a difference," said the Panther Prowl parent handbook.

Children will receive prizes for raising any amount of money after they collect their pledged amounts. After their "cool-down" laps near the end of the event, they were sent back to class with a bottle of water and an otter pop.

The students of Parkmont Elementary school are heroes. Even as the dirt track became dimpled with muddy shoe prints, these panthers never gave up. The kids - from kindergarteners to sixth-graders - kept running and walking around the track, and almost 100 parent volunteers were nearby, tracking the number of laps completed by each student.

Much more than just the rain proved these students to be Parkmont Elementary school heroes, and true panthers at heart.

"Parkmont heroes to the rescue!"

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