We often come across surveys -- on air, obesity, you name it -- that put Bakersfield to shame. Yet these observations cannot measure a community that gives unconditionally. Last month, I wrote about a group of Fremont School runners in serious need of uniforms and track shoes. The elementary school is a few blocks away from Union Avenue and East Brundage Lane and school staff mainly runs its PTA, which raises the funds for the school track team, because parental involvement is simply not there.
Readers who care about our youth, health and fitness responded in numbers. In fact, about $5,000 has come through in donations for the uniforms and shoes, said Marcel Guerra, track coach and physical education activity leader for the Fremont School Magnet Program.
"We've been getting donations from just random, nice people in the community," said Guerra who had been concerned for his runners in light of the upcoming the Bakersfield City Track Meet next week.
Thanks to the donations, Guerra said he is working with the newly opened Sole 2 Soul Sports at the Marketplace in Bakersfield for a school deal. But the giving has resulted in another effect.
"A lot of the staff members were really inspired," said Guerra who is thankful of the donors for bringing smiles and hope to his young runners. It has "made a huge impact. I am really excited and so are our kids."
Now that's Bakersfield for you.
HONOR RUN: Speaking of runs, the nonprofit Kern County Sheriff's Benefit Association will hold its first Honor Run 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Hart Park.
Lt. Drake Massey said proceeds will help families of fallen deputies to honor their loved ones at formal memorial ceremonies in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In addition, monies will be used for scholarships benefiting students seeking a career in law enforcement.
The event will offer different distance options: 2k fun run, 5k and a 10k. Massey hopes to make it annual event. For more information, call Vicky Erickson at 868-1676 or download this sign-up form: http://www.bakersfieldtrackclub.com/entry2012honor.pdf
SOCIAL MEDIA AT WORK: Social media is becoming one of the most preferred ways for people to communicate with each other. But it can be a tricky topic in the workplace.
Here is an opportunity for employers and employees to learn more about it: A session called, "The Online Bottom Line: Social Media at Work is no LOL Matter," will be held from 11:30 a.m. To 1 p.m. at the law office of Klein DeNatale Goldner Cooper Rosenlieb & Kimball located at 4550 California Ave., second floor (conference room 304).
Employment lawyer David Blaine will be leading the discussion. The session will explore the "virtual frontier" in the workplace, including texting, tweeting and blogging, said Shawna Smith, marketing manager for Klein DeNatale.
Blaine will review the benefits and risks that the Internet offers employers and examine issues such as privacy, off-duty conduct, safety and harassment.
In addition, Smith said the attorney will offer suggestions for developing social media policies in the workplace and tips for avoiding various virtual pitfalls.
The event is made possible through a partnership with Klein DeNatale, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Bakersfield Employer Advisory Counsel or EAC.
The seminar is free to the first 25 KCHCC and EAC members. For nonmembers, the cost is $20. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please call 633-5495.