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The Race for Technology

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EVENT DATE: Jun 06, 2014

Osmin Ramos


Plato once said, "Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each."

What could be more challenging for an elementary school child than to be inside a space that prohibits them from exploring their own natural curiosity of the world? Inside these blank white walls sits almost undisturbed the museum of the first generation of desktop computers. The computer lab currently holds multiple iMac 3, IBM think pads, Compaq Desk Pros, and Gateway Laptops. Yes, the now extinct Gateway Inc. and Compaq Computers both of which have been acquired by Hewlett-Packard and Acer. Talk about the inability to update software or broken hardware to accommodate the ever changing technological world. As a volunteer at this school and a future educator next year, I believe in providing all children regardless of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or geographical status the ability to pursue and explore their natural curiosity and reach their own individual genius. Thus, it requires providing exemplary, full service education to high need, low income public school students that presents a greater challenge. On a daily basis, Vernon City Elementary School (VCES) tackles this challenge.

VCES is a full inclusion Los Angeles Public School, providing students with an extended day, exceptional instruction, and community supports. 100% of the students receive free and reduced lunch and 92% of the students we teach live at or below the poverty line. Our instruction is driven by passionate and committed staff who tirelessly works to provide every student with an all encompassing education. Learn more at

VCES wants to provide all students with access to 21st century technology, something we don’t currently have. As an educational instituion we understand the urgency of incorportating technology in our classrooms: Technology opens an entire new world of experiences and will allow students to explore opportunities of thinking and working. Watch this video.

In June 2014, our VCES students will run the Vernon City Eagle Run, a 1 kilometer race through Vernon City Elementary School, in which all 250 VCES runners (Kindergarten through sixth grade students) will run through a multiple obstacle course through campus.First, students will run a 100 meter dash, in which students will run holding a yoga mat as they run across Vernon Elementary track field. Currently we have a white line on our asphalt outlining the 100 meter dash. Then, students will knee high run through a hula hoop maze. If we are able to obtain tires before the event we will use them instead of hula hoops. Next, students will run through a pre-determined route through our school’s jungle gym, in which students run up stairs, run across a bridge, down a small ladder, up another small ladder, run a across another bridge and end going down a circle slide. Lastly, students will sprint run a 100 meter dash to the end-line to pick-up lap band number. AFTER ALL OF THIS students will have completed one lap around the Vernon City Eagle Run Course.  For every $50 donated our students will run one lap around the Vernon City Eagle Run. Watch this video. Disclamer, VCES is aware that we are asking kindergarteners through sixth grade students to participate as such, we will only require certain grade levels to do certain amount of laps. 


All VCES scholars will be competing in this race in order to raise $55,000 to purchase a classroom set of desktops for our school’s computer lab.

100% of your tax-deductable contribution will go toward the purchase of desktops. None of your donations will go towards the race.

Desktops will be purchased through the Los Angeles Unified School District. By purchasing desktops through LAUSD, we receive discounted price as well as technical support, an internal GPS tracking device, and preloaded software. The remaining donation will be used for headphones and tables. If there are additional funds remaining we will purchase computers for our individual classrooms. Desktops will solely be used during school operating hours, extended day service hours and will not be sent home with students for home use.

By donating $50 or more you will receive personalized thank-you cards from our students (if you choose to email me your address upon submitting your donation). Our students deeply appreciate the generous gifts we receive from people like you.

This is an incredible opportunity for you to contribute to a cause that will have a tangible and long lasting impact on the lives of low-income, multicultural, urban public school students.

Running is usually an individual sport. But this will be a team effort. Join the team by donating here at

If you have any questions or feedback you can email me at or

Special thanks to: Vernon City Elementary School for supporting our effort.



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