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Sunol Glen School celebrates 20th annual Walk-a-thon

By Miriam G. Mazliach

October 2, 2012

This is a big year for the Sunol Glen Community Club (Sunol School’s parent/teacher organization), as they have been busily preparing for their major fall fundraiser of the school year -- the 20th Annual Sunol Glen Walk-a-thon on Friday, October 5. The fundraising efforts of the group are essential in helping to support and subsidize many activities and programs for the district’s students and staff.

Taking an active role, students play an important part by collecting pledges from family, community members and friends, and then walking laps at school. Pledges can be either for a specified amount per lap or a flat fee. Those students amassing a minimum of $50 in pledges, will receive an event t-shirt. The hope is for each student to raise $300 from the event. Even staff and family members are encouraged to get in the action by participating in the walk-a-thon. Pledges will continue to be collected until October 12.

According to Sunol Superintendent/Principal Molleen Barnes, “We calculated that the amount raised, over the past 20 years, is $348,497! This is especially astonishing given that our school attendance is 250 students, which is 75-100 more students then attended her 10+ years ago!”

This year, Kindra Mendall is serving as the 20th Annual Walk-a-thon Chair. As a historical note, the original founder of the walk-a-thon is Paulette Beemiller whose three kids went through Sunol Glen School. Currently, her husband, Gerry Beemiller serves on the School Board.

A student “spirit rally” kicks off the fundraiser’s festivities. Next, follows the anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s brand new track. It was built with community support by way of donated funds, equipment and labor, coupled with funds from the District and the County Supervisor, Richard Valle.

“Sunol Glen has never had any type of facility enhancement to support physical education nor have we had enough funds available,” Barnes explains. “So putting in the track was a monumental accomplishment. We have invited Alameda County Board Supervisors Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty as well as the town dignitaries to participate in this ceremony,” says Barnes.

Afterwards, it’s time to walk! Put on your sneakers! Each student/staff member receives a lanyard with a small water bottle attached for use during the walk-a-thon. Throughout the duration, water stations will be situated at the ends of the track for students to refill their water bottles as needed. As the walk-a-thon begins, students receive a label pre-printed with their name and as they pass their lap counting station, a tally mark will be added to their label.

During the walk-a-thon, there’s a “Staff Splash” at one of the lap stations, where teachers/staff volunteer to sit in a chair and be “spritzed” by students. Then it’s the students’ turn, when at the end of the event, kids get a “Firefighter Hosedown,” as the County Fire Department squirts them with water to cool them off from their walk!

This event is open to the public and all are invited to Sunol Glen School to watch, support and cheer on the students and staff. But first, please check in at the office. See you there!

Sunol Glen 20th Annual Walkathon
Friday, October 5
12:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Sunol Glen School
11601 Main Street, Sunol
(925) 862-2026


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