Dozens of families and school employees gathered at the "I Love Pleasanton Schools" rally Thursday night at Amador Valley High School. The fundraising event raised $13,598 for schools, according to Pleasanton Partners in Education director Debi Covello, bringing the total collected to just over $170,000.
The crowd heard comments from several local leaders, including Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Superintendent John Casey, Chamber of Commerce President Scott Raty, incoming PPIE President Ron Hyde and Pleasanton Schools Education Enrichment Foundation Chairwoman Denise Watkins. A representative from Sen. Ellen Corbett's office also spoke in support of the cause.
Organizers say all money raised will be donated to Pleasanton schools to support several programs that would have been supported by Measure G. The goal is to raise $2.8 million in order to keep these programs--such as a 20 to 1 class-size reduction ratio, reading specialists, counselors and elementary music--intact for the following school year.
To learn more about the fundraising effort, visit www.ilovepleasantonschools.com.