September 14, 2010 > Walk for Education
Walk for Education
Submitted By Nishevitha Ramesh
Walk for Education, a 5K walk at Quarry Lakes Regional Park, was organized by two Mission San Jose High School seniors, Vishal Yadav and Prithvi Ramesh. The goal was to raise funds for Fremont Schools. All proceeds will be donated to Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).
At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 22, Prithvi and Vishal, along with 10 volunteers from FUSD schools, gathered at the venue for event day set-up, checking in participants and handing out t-shirts, setting up a water station, and marking the path so participants wouldn't get lost.
Participants started arriving at 8 a.m., and by 9 a.m. there were over 100 people. Mrs. Madsen, a PE teacher at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS), led the warm-up activities with upbeat music, helping to set the mood and getting participants pumped up for the event.
FUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Morris, Fremont council member Anu Natarajan, Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) Vice President David Bonaccorsi, MSJHS Vice-Principal Zack Larsen, and MSJHS Assistant Principal Carli Kim all came out to support the event.
East Bay Regional Park staff helped the volunteers carry out the event as smoothly as possible before, during, and after the walk.
In all, the walk raised approximately $7,000, which has been donated to FUSD, with another $1,000 expected from corporate matching. The funds will be distributed equally among all FUSD schools to be used for their athletic departments.
For more details and pictures of the event visit www.walkforeducation.info.
Nishevitha Ramesh is in the eighth grade at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont.