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Oak Hills hosts rockin’ kickoff

Elementary school prepares for Rock-n-Jog fundraiser to be held Friday

Posted: October 12, 2009 10:35 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

From left to right, Amber Grebmeier on vocals, Ted Price on guitar, Cheryl Stabler, Kenny Hill on bass and Ryan Arshonsky on guitar, a band made up of Oak Hills Elementary School parents and students, perform at the school's second annual jog-a-thon on Sept. 14. The assembly makes way for the Rock-n-Jog fundraiser the school is hosting Friday.

Oak Hills Elementary School parents, teachers and students gathered Sept. 14 for a live concert as part of the second annual Oak Hills Elementary Jog-a-Thon.

The band, made up of Oak Hills parents and two musically gifted students, got everyone into the spirit of the Rock-n-Jog, while the school's principal, Wayne Abruzzo, donned a leather jacket and '80s big hair (like Eddie Van Halen) and performed a "stunt" during the rally.

The stunt was a reward to the students, parents and teachers for 100 percent participation in the PTA membership drive.

The kickoff assembly makes way for the Rock-n-Jog fundraiser to be held Friday at the school.

The PTA's goal for this year is $45,000, which would help fund all the programs lined up for the year, including assemblies, art programs like "Meet the Masters," dances, science fair, variety show, family fun night and books for the classroom.

"State budget cuts are negatively impacting art, music and physical education in our schools. These are the elements of elementary education," Abruzzo said. "It's imperative that we have substitutes for these vital programs and make them available to all of our students. Having a Rock-n-Jog, where we incorporate music and exercise, allows Oak Hills to show its commitment to these programs."

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