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Cleveland High Alumni develop a new fundraiser to assist the school -- a new 'C H S Walk'

DAVID F. ASHTON - One of the Warrior 5K Walk organizers, Leigh Nunez, says these raffle prizes were actually bought this year - to help support the neighborhood businesses who have graciously donated items to the raffle in the past. This year there have been challenges for any organization planning even an outdoor event, due to changing regulations and recommendations for health safety in this COVID-19 pandemic – particularly with the rise of the Delta Variant. tBut that didn't stop the Cleveland High School (CHS) Alumni Association from coming up with a fundraiser.

"Welcome to the starting point of the inaugural 'Warrior 5K Walk', here at the Eastmoreland Golf Course overflow parking lot," greeted Kristin Cole, CHS alum and a current CHS parent, on Wednesday morning, August 18.

The alumni association took a "year off" from its annual summer auction in 2020, Cole conceded. "But we didn't want another year to go by without doing something for our school. At the same time, the committee wanted to increase its overall exposure in the community.

"Therefore, we decided that a celebratory, fun, outdoor walk through a two of our neighborhoods is exactly what our community might be needing," Cole told THE BEE.

So, with the help of Karen Genzer, Evy Bishop, Leigh Nunez, and JoAnne Cheechov, as well as others – the first annual "Warrior 5K Walk" was created.

The route looped through portions of Eastmoreland and Westmoreland, doubling back across the Bybee Boulevard Bridge.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Before scooting off to lead another group, Warrior 5K Walk Grand Marshal Amanda Valley spent a moment with organizer Kristin Cole, at the rally spot. Using an online application called "plot-a-route", Cole developed the five kilometer (3.10 mile) course – primarily on safe residential streets. "And we thought it would raise the interest of people driving along S.E. Bybee Boulevard, seeing our start/finish line there, and wondering what kind of festivities Cleveland had going on," she explained.

Unlike their annual CHS Fall Auction-Banquet which THE BEE has covered in the past – which gathered funds primarily for the high school's staff – the money raised from this new event, as well as at the CHS Golf Tourney held on the following day, was earmarked to help a variety of the school's needs.

These needs include computers, whiteboards, replacement of 50-year-old pianos and 30-year-old choir robes, kilns for ceramics classes, materials for the wood/metal shop, and facilities for the culinary arts programs. The money raised will also help pay entry fees for the school's award-winning Speech and Debate teams, plus uniforms and equipment for most of its many sports teams.

"Over the years, the Alumni Association has donated over $440,000," Cole told us. "This includes annually awarding five $2,500 scholarships to deserving seniors."

By the way, this year, instead of asking them for donations, the organization chose to purchase its raffle prizes from Sellwood-Westmoreland stores, thus supporting the local businesses who have always supported the CHS Alumni Association in years past.

For more information about the CHS Alumni Association, go online – www.pps.net/Page/6697 – or visit their blog – chs-alum.blogspot.com


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