There's a trophy on the line, and only one school will walk away with it.
At least, this year. Next year, it may be another school that gets to display it for the year.
On Saturday, September 27, the American Swim Academy is hosting the "6th Annual Walk for Education" to benefit the Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF). The Livermore community, as well as students, friends and families, are invited to participate.
"We are going to award a trophy to the school with the top percentage of participation," said Bret Dupuis, who represents Livermore Running Programs which has joined the partnership this year. "This will be an engraved perpetual trophy that will transfer ownership to the top school each year."
The walk takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on the Livermore High School football track. A group photo is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m.
"The event will offer a fun, family-friendly day that includes the walk, Zumba warm-up led by Fitness 19, free breakfast refreshments, live performances by Livermore School of Dance, Taylor's Martial Arts, and Livermore High School Cheer and the Shooting Stars, game booths and prizes, and a live auction," said Jennifer Lee Oliveira, Marketing Director for the American Swim Academy.
Online registration is $5, and walk-ins are welcome. About 800 participants are expected. Money is raised through registration fees, sponsorships, the live auction, and additional monetary donations.
"Over the past five years, we have raised approximately $50,000," said Oliveira, noting the funds raised go to the LVEF whose purpose is to restore and enhance academic and extracurricular programs in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. The LVEF works with teachers, students and parents to determine where funding is needed most.
"We are so grateful for the continued and generous support of the Livermore community and the hard work and commitment of volunteers created by this vital ongoing partnership between the LVEF and the American Swim Academy," said Livermore Superintendent of Schools Kelly Bowers. "Thanks to the unwavering commitment and dedication of these organizations, our students have never been short changed even as we have gone through the worst economic crisis of our times, characterized by very unstable and insufficient funding from the state."
Founded in 1991, the LVEF is an independent, nonprofit organization that works closely with, but is separate from, the LVJUSD. It is run by a local board of directors and is dedicated to preserving opportunities in education for all kindergarten through twelfth grade students.
"The ceremonial walk is one of the highlights," said Oliveira. "Each school site is celebrated. All of the schools in the district are lined up around the track with their school banners, and the special city officials and the Superintendent and her cabinet lead the ceremonial march. This exemplifies how the community comes together to raise awareness to support education and our future leaders."
American Swim Academy Director Ana Garcia, added, "The event will be fun for the entire family and a great way for the community to show support for the schools. We are hoping this walk is a step in the right direction toward a brighter future for our children."
To register or learn more, visit www.americanswimacademy.com/LVEF.