March 4, 2020
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
DIAMOND BAR, CA--One of the primary goals for Diamond Bar High 3473 Team Sprocket has been enabling less fortunate communities to learn and thrive.
Through its new partnership with Friends of Yimbo, an organization dedicated to helping the Kenyan village and surrounding areas, the school’s robotics club launched a Sprocket Walk-it for Yimbo charity event.
The outreach was designed to spread awareness of the difficulties for children attending school in the village and fundraise for better access to educational supplies like laptops, LCD projectors, and new curriculum.
The 8 a.m. walk-a-thon was held on the leap day of Saturday, February 29 and lasted about three hours.
More than 100 attendees walked 32 laps each around the Diamond Bar High track, totaling about 4,000 laps during the event.
The entire Sprocket team united during the 13-kilometer walk, the same distance that many children in the village trek for a one-way trip to school each day.
Unfortunately, the difficult walk discourages many of these children from attending school.
In attendance were many Friends of Yimbo coordinators, as well as district administrators, including Diamond Bar High Principal Dr. Reuben Jones.
The teens worked with the non-profit Dedicated 2 Learning while organizing the fundraising project.
Ben Odipo, Friends of Yimbo co-founder, expressed his gratitude to participants, saying that “the actions you have taken today will let the children of the village know that there are people who care. They are not alone.”
“Through the use of our extra day this year, Team Sprocket hopes to inspire the children of Muguna for their lifetime,”commented advisor Gabriel Aguilar, DBHS instructional dean.
To date, the Diamond Bar High students have raised over $2,000.
Please visit: http://bit.ly/2TmQE4c to join the Team Sprocket campaign.
Diamond Bar High’s Team Sprocket robotics club hosts walk-a-thon to support Friends of Yimbo on Feb. 29.