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Valencia Valley students raise $15K

Money will be spent on cameras, computers, educational materials

Posted: April 24, 2009 8:50 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2009 8:00 a.m.

The fourth-graders of Lisa Carr's class, Carr's California Cougars, start running their laps at the Tri-R-athon fundraiser at Valencia Valley Elementary School on Wednesday to raise money for computer equipment for the school. The students raised more than $15,000 to help purchase equipment for the school's classrooms.

Nearly 700 students at Valencia Valley Elementary School raised at least $15,000 toward new computers and projectors during the school's third annual Tri-R-Athon on Wednesday, hosted by the Valencia Valley Technology Foundation.

"It goes right back into the classroom in terms of technology," said Valencia Valley Principal Tammi Rainville.

New computers, projectors and cameras allow the students to keep with the ever-changing technology of the 21st century, she said.
"It's just part of their everyday life now," she said.

The new multimedia gives teachers new learning tools for the kids too, Rainville said.

Students received pledges from school supporters to participate in three events: running at the school track, reading and competing math computation.

The students formed teams by grade and created their own banners and cheers.

"All the students participated in all three events, from kindergarten to sixth-grade," Rainville said.

The initial count showed that the students raised $15,000, but that number could go up to $17,000 as more pledge cards come in to the school, Rainville said.


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