These five cheerleaders and their classmates at Pleasanton Middle School helped make a difference last weekend.
The eighth graders were among others from the school's Cheer squad who waved to motorists along Sunol Boulevard to attract the public to the Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival at the city's Senior Center.
They are (from left) Lauren Johnson, Morgan Leone, Bailey Musto, Noelle McNamara and Olivia Morgenroth.
Several hundred attended the event, which featured 50 booths staffed by supporting organizations in the area, including Open Heart Kitchen, Hope Hospice, the Rotary and Lions clubs, ValleyCare Health System, Safeway, the Pleasanton Weekly, YMCA and police and firefighters.
As part of the festivities, W. Ron Sutton, chief executive of ACCUSPLIT, presented a check for $15,000 as a donation to Axis Community Health in Pleasanton.
National Make a Difference Day is celebrated across the country annually on the fourth Saturday of October.