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July 6, 2010 > Save Fremont Students block sale is huge success

Save Fremont Students block sale is huge success

Submitted By Sonia Li
Photos By Edward Wang and David Cao

On Saturday, June 26, students, parents, and friends from all over Fremont came together for a huge block sale held by the nonprofit organization Save Fremont Students. Hoping tp raise money and awareness of recent school budget cuts, their efforts were not wasted. By hosting several, simultaneous garage sales at multiple houses on Mission Boulevard, Save Fremont Students raised over $4,000.

Save Fremont Students (SFS) was initially started as a parent volunteer campaign, and with the help of the Fremont Education Foundation, it is now a nonprofit organization. Apart from this partnership, the student group, SFS workforce was also started by a few Mission San Jose high School alumni, Rebecca Xing, David Cao, Joy Chen, and Catherine Lu, who just graduated in June.

The Block Sale was organized to save the positions of teachers and classes that would be cut from next year's school plan. As of now, the School Board is planning to cut most science, music, and P.E. classes in the elementary schools as well as increasing class sizes for grades K-3 and 7-12.

Students signed up to volunteer for the Block Sale online at the SFS website, but many more families who did not sign up still came to the block sale to contribute their philanthropic efforts, whether it was to buy something or to help sell. All merchandise was donated by Fremont families.

Parents also donated snacks and refreshments for student volunteers as a "thank you" but many of the students ended up selling the food to interested customers or buying it with their own money.

"One student and his dad initially just showed up to buy something... [but] one woman wanted to buy this desk which wouldn't fit in her car...and his dad volunteered to bring the desk in his car to the woman's house. We really want to help our schools," said Aaren Velando, one of the volunteers from Mission San Jose High School who worked continuously for five hours.

All students and parents were bustling with energy, many of them also wearing a Save Fremont Students t-shirt to display their enthusiasm. T-shirts ($10) are available for sale online. Save Fremont Students is hoping to collect $4.5 million by July 15. Over $250,000 has already been donated. Any type of help is appreciated.


Future events:
July 10: TAK Fudenna Memorial Stadium at Washington High School
Come for a wonderful night with food and entertainment. Admission is $15.

July 17: "Stairway to the Future Gala"
Location: 37411 Fremont Boulevard
Dinner, live music, silent auctions, raffles, and prizes!


If you have Facebook, you can also help by going online. Chase is offering $250,000 to the nonprofit organization that gets the most votes. Vote online for SFS and the Fremont Education Foundation using the Chase Community Giving application. For more details on SFS, please visit savefremontstudents.org.

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