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Submitted by on 1, March 23, 2009 – 6:47 amOne Comment

1226804877167_730x1401Otis Elementary is gearing up to hold its seventh annual walkathon this Friday morning, March 27, and the kids are busily gathering up folks to sponsor them to walk as many 500-yard loops as possible around Krusi Park and the school blacktop.

Last year, funds raised by the walkathon – Otis’s biggest fundraiser of the year – were used to beef up the school library and improve the school playground. But this year, owing to “recent budget cuts” per the press release, some of the money will be used “to supplement the salaries of (our) playground supervisors, office assistant, school nurse and computer teacher.” (What’s next? Bill feeders at the classroom door and quarter slots for toilet paper and bandages?)

“This year the money raised by the students will supplement the programs supported in the past as well as contributing towards the salaries of key positions that are being cut by the budget crisis,” the release says. “As the district faces severe budget cuts, PTA funds become even more essential to school programs and improvements.”

Well, at least the kids who are out there working to pay for their own teachers will qualify for gift certificates and prizes from a host of generous Alameda merchants. Last year, the event raised $30,000.

Anyway, if you’re looking to cheer the kids on, they’ll be walking from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday around the school, which is at 3010 Fillmore Street. And if yo want to know how you can help, call the school at 748-4013. For a little more information, you can also click here.

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    My friend Shirley Clem is the principal at Otis, and you could not find a better principal anywhere. If she has had to make the kinds of cuts you listed, AUSD is in serious trouble.

    I keep reading inaccurate letters and comments from people railing against the "glut" of administrators and how overpaid teachers and AUSD staff are. It is a shame that so much false propaganda is being circulated when the students of this community are the ones who are being short-changed by statewide stinginess that is nothing but disastrous for our state's and our city's future.

    Support your local schools: even if you do not have any children in your home right now, the students there are your kids, too. Volunteer, write letters, and say thank you to the next teacher or principal you see.

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