Inspired by the superintendent’s call to action, Oakland school custodians have decided to do their part to help Oakland’s African-American students achieve.
They’ve sold Raiders tickets, organized a talent show and held a raffle to raise scholarship money. So far, they have collected $10,000, which they will award to 11 African American boys and girls on Saturday in West Oakland’s DeFremery Park, said Mark Russ, a custodian at Barack Obama Academy in East Oakland.
It’s the first year of the scholarship fund.
“We all started thinking, `We’re all big sports fans,’” said Russ, who led the effort with his supervisor, Roland Broach. “We just kind of felt like it was something we could do.”
For more information about the initiative, a partnership between the district’s Custodial Services Department and the AFSCME union, call 510-879-8352.