February 9, 2007

Second Annual Heritage Walk for Literacy

What has over 1,800 legs and local businesses love to support? The second annual Heritage Walk for Literacy Campaign at Heritage Elementary School in Otay Ranch. Heritage Elementary School is very excited to partner with the San Diego Cosmopolitan Lions Club for a second successful year of the Heritage Walk for Literacy Campaign to raise funds for books for English and Spanish Immersion classrooms. Last year the walk generated over $20,000 that was used to purchase books and literacy materials for each of the Heritage classrooms. This year’s walk will be held at Heritage Elementary and nearby Heritage Park on Friday, February 23, 2007 from 8-10 a.m.

The impact that the literacy walk has on the students of Heritage Elementary can’t be over estimated. “The potential to change our lives and the lives of others lies in the power of literacy,” says Heritage Principal Emma Sanchez, “We must cultivate our learners to be reading for life. That’s what the walk for literacy does for us; it allows us to have books available for our children.”

Students will ask parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and other community members to sponsor them for a 1½ mile walk in which all 900 Heritage students, plus teachers, and many parents will participate. Each participant will receive a Walk for Literacy t-shirt to wear during the walk, proudly displaying our local business sponsors.

Roy Buenviaje, proud Heritage parent and Lion’s Club member, organized the walk along with the help of PTO President Nikki Cerbreros, parent Leanne Elizondo and many special parent volunteers. “The Walk for Literacy is a campaign to recognize the importance of literacy and the need for books in our schools. With the great support of our community businesses and leaders, students at Heritage Elementary have a greater appreciation for books and reading,” expressed Roy Buenviaje.

If you have a business and are interested in having your business take part in Heritage’s Walk for Literacy Campaign, a one-time minimum donation of $200.00 will allow your business to set up a station along the walk route. In addition, all participants will receive a t-shirt with your company name on the back alongside our other valuable sponsors. Individual donations are also welcome.

“My kids still proudly wear their Walk for Literacy t-shirts from last year,” said Jenni Burnett, a Heritage parent and walk committee member, “We are avid readers and love to participate in anything having to do with books and reading.”

As a well-known organization, the Lions Club prides itself on community service. Their well-deserved motto is “We Serve”. Many Lion’s Club volunteers willingly help Heritage Elementary school with this fun event.

If you have additional questions about this event, or would like to be a sponsor, please contact Roy Buenviaje at (619) 934-7450.

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