Editor, Index-Tribune:

El Verano School just recently completed its fourth annual Jog-A-Thon and raised $14,000 in support of the school’s Outdoor Education Program.The event also added extra money to classroom funds for field trips in the primary grades. This year’s Jog-A-Thon brought out the best in the El Verano community, as more than 475 students, teachers, parents and community members, including corporate staff from the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn,joined hands in support of a school-wide event that embraces the pride that flows from the heart of the school.

The money raised from this event is only a small part of the overall benefit to the school. The larger impact of the Jog-A-Thon goes well beyond fund raising, as shown by the outpouring of parents who volunteered their time and talent to support their children.The impact was seen in the school’s staff, who encouraged their students to participate in the Jog-A-Thon and to do their best.The impact was seen in the students, who took pride in running as many laps as they could and getting as many pledges from people who agreed to sponsor them.Lastly, the impact was seen in the support the school received from the local community, through their generous donations of water, refreshments and copying services.

The Jog-A-Thon is truly a profile in pride, as seen through the eyes of the entire El Verano community, and whether you were marking laps, serving refreshments, running around the track with orange hair or soothing the aching feet of little runners, you displayed the pride of ownership in a school community that just keeps on giving.

Mike Wallace

Intervention Teacher

El Verano School