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Students raise funds to support school

Valley View jog-a-thon collects money for technology, new school
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Valley View’s campus transformed into a track for a school wide jog-a-thon last Wednesday.
The students ran anywhere from four to 16 laps around the school to raise funds for the school’s Parent Teacher Club. The club raises funds to support technology in the classrooms, among other things.
Donations continue to come in, so a final tally of how much money was raised is still being calculated. But Diana Ruslin, Valley View Parent Teacher Club president, said any amount would be helpful.
“We just hope that we do well,” she said. “With the budget cuts, we’re just looking for parents to do as much as they can.”
Part of the student involvement included coming up with a poster and logo for the fundraiser. Sixth-grader Melaina Valdez’s poster design took first with her drawing of running feet. The jog-a-thon logo of “Mega Run for Mega Bytes” was thought up by third-grade twin brothers Cade and Cole Wyant.
Valley View’s population of approximately 700 student will be cut down by about 200 students next year as students switch to Rocklin’s new elementary school, Sunset Ranch. For students that will be attending Sunset Ranch next year, the jog-a-thon was a chance to help their new school, too. Half of their pledges will go with them to their new school to help build up a Parent Teacher Club fund, Ruslin said.
“This will give them a little money to go into the school year,” she said.
Valley View’s Parent Teacher Club fundraisers fund programs and tools such as library books, technology in the classrooms and educational assemblies. The jog-a-thon is just one of many fundraisers hosted by the Parent Teacher Club, including a school carnival, spirit nights and school plays.
For more photos: Valley View holds jog-a-thon
~ Lauren Gibbs