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Great Valley Academy students raise money for campus beautification and extracurricular activities

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Great Valley Academy students raise money for campus beautification and extracurricular activities

Great Valley students make a presentation to Phil Waterford.

Photo by SARAH MADDOX/


POSTED October 4, 2012 5:36 p.m.

Four enthusiastic elementary students from Great Valley Academy Charter School in Manteca met with Phil Waterford a week ago seeking sponsorship for their new school. These energetic students came to Phil when he was inundated with business matters and important meetings. His business manager, Valerie Wallace and office assistant, Sarah McDaniel, met with the students. After hearing their compelling story, his office staff felt that Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford should try to find a way to offer assistance. 

Phil was having a very challenging day. However, his staff brought the girls into his office to give the presentation. After seeing their presentation, Waterford exclaimed, “these kids gave a wonderful presentation! They came in with matching outfits and had a poster board to illustrate the beautification plan for their school. Most importantly, these kids were very passionate and energetic about their cause.” Waterford quickly realized that sometimes it takes the innocence of a child to put things into perspective.

These kids have a goal: to make their school a better place. How could anyone refuse them? These students were on a mission and had a plan. Waterford said, “I’ve learned that having a goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish.” These students have a goal and plan to have a Jog-A-Thon on October 26th to raise money for campus beautification and extracurricular activities.

Their story was so compelling that Phil gave these adorable students the opportunity to present their community outreach program on Sunday, Sept. 30, during the sales finale for the Second Harvest Food Bank. This grand finale and Sunday night drawing was exciting for everyone in attendance. There were 4 lucky winners who won great prizes including a flat screen TV, his and hers Quartz watches, a radio-controlled Ferrari and cash prizes. There was no purchase necessary.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation given by the students from Great Valley Academy, and the generosity of the guests, who helped them raise the first $250 for their Jog-A-Thon.

Students will jog around a course for 15 minutes. They will also earn individual and class prizes by asking people to sponsor them. One of their prizes is an event t-shirt. To pay for the t-shirts, Great Valley Academy is seeking corporate sponsorships. Each business will have its logo printed on the back of the t-shirt. The t-shirts will be worn by the students every Friday during the school year. The cost is only $250. Would you consider being a corporate sponsor this year? If so, please contact Great Valley Academy Jog-A-Thon 2012, 486 Button Ave., Manteca CA, 95336 or call (209) 824-5400.

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