OUSD custodians start scholarship fund

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.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Teacher

    This is inspirational. What if everyone who reads this blog entry would donate $20 to the fund? The phone number is on Katy’s blog … Katy, can you add the address and the details on how checks should be handled?

    Thanks, custodians. You really have done a great thing and your work really is important!


  • Kechette Walls

    The African American Male Achievement Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 11am.

    Location: DeFremery Recreation Center; 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland CA. 94607.

  • Concerned OUSD Parent

    Great Job!
    It really does take a village to make sure our students are successful.

  • Katy Murphy

    I asked Kechette Walls, who posted the above comment, about where donors could send checks:

    Money donations received now will go towards next year scholarship awardees. Checks can be made out to OUSD Custodial Services Attn to Roland Broach or Kechette Walls, 900 High Street, Oakland, CA 94601. The phone number is (510) 879-8352.