The recent second annual PTA "Fun Run" fundraiser at Valley View Elementary School raised more than $50,000 to pay for a new school art program, new playground equipment and other materials not funded by the school district's current budget.
School representatives said the Valley View PTA launched the fundraiser last year in response to deep budget cuts affecting the Pleasanton school district.
Sponsors for this year's event provided T-shirts inscribed with the words "Work Hard, Play Hard" for Fun Run 2013 participants as well as water bottles for students in all grade levels who joined in the event.
Highlights of the event included school principal Rafael Cruz dressed in a toga and carrying a torch as he ran, physical education teacher Brent Miller serving as the emcee while dressed as a character from "Duck Dynasty," and the entire Valley View staff doing a "mob" dance to "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.
PTA leaders said the fundraiser was a wonderful community building event for the school, "bringing together teachers, staff, parents and all students, all working together for the same cause: Making our school a better place."
Coordinators of the event were Katlyn Haus and Sally Richards.