October 28, 2011 > Oliveirathon celebration!
Article and photos submitted by Kathy Kimberlin
Oliveira Elementary School held their 6th Annual PTA sponsored Oliveirathon on October 11. During the school day, students were scheduled by grade level for an hour out on the field walking and/or running, earning donations from family and friends to support their school. With school budgets reduced and threatened with even further cuts, Oliveira parents, teachers, staff and students actively promoted their sole fundraiser of the year that supports classroom supplies, school technology and playground equipment. A recurring chant of "We are the Eagles, the mighty, mighty Eagles," kept spirits soaring even as kids ran in the drizzling rain throughout the day.
In an effort to prepare students for the Oliveirathon, "Club Possible," an after school walk/run club was formed. Weekly runs began with messages and discussion on the topics of: accomplishments, individual goals, supporting others, and personal goal setting. Club coach/school secretary, Kathy Kimberlin, ran with students and shared the message that personal goals are possible to achieve and will help support their personal effort in the Oliveirathon. The P.E. coach, Kelly Caldwell, and parent volunteer, Vanessa Torres, also ran with the kids and kept this message in mind.
Oliveirathon always brings parents to school as volunteers, spectators and cheerleaders. Parent volunteers served as: Masters of Ceremonies, lap counters, water distributors, cheerleaders, photographers and organizers. Local businesses supported the school's fundraising effort through flat donations, water and otter pops for students, and lunch donations for volunteers. They included: Satomi Sushi, Bicycle Garage, LeWater Store, Lucky, Costco, Trader Joe's, Primerica/Brandon Sass, Choi's Martial Arts, and Native American Health Center.
Oliveira PTA set the goal to surpass last year's total donations of $18,000. If you would like to help ensure that their goal and student needs are met, please send your donation to Oliveira Elementary School, 4180 Alder Ave, Fremont, CA. 94536. Thank you to the businesses and families who have helped the school soar toward its goal!