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April Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Apr 03, 2017 08:36PM ● By Michael Harris

Michael G. Harris, OD, Mayor, City of Pleasant Hill

Michael G. Harris, OD

Mayor, City of Pleasant Hill

There are many wonderful organizations and events in Pleasant Hill that enhance the lives of the people who live here. Among my favorites are the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education (FPHE) and the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill. 

FPHE was established in response to funding cuts for education at the state and school district level. During its first year, FPHE hosted fundraising events, implemented a citywide donation campaign, and awarded over $14,000 in grants to Pleasant Hill public schools. The grants represented a significant contribution of funds to enhance educational opportunities for Pleasant Hill students

The Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill is one of the foundation’s key fundraising activities and one of my favorite citywide events. The 4th annual Amazing Race will be held on Sunday, April 30, and begins at noon at Magoo's Grill. Arrive between 10am and noon and enjoy brunch, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the foundation.

Based on the popular TV show, this fun event challenges participants of all ages, with interesting clues and activities at various locations throughout Pleasant Hill. (Activities resemble those on the TV show Minute to Win It.) The activities and skill tests are suitable for all ages. Kids are encouraged to participate with their parents

Registration is $50 per team. Teams can consist of a group of four or less. Invite your family, friends, and business associates to form a group! Teams are encouraged to show team spirit with matching outfits.  

At 4pm, all teams will meet at Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, to determine the winner. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Most Spirit. The Amazing Race is co-sponsored by Magoo's Grill and the City of Pleasant Hill. Proceeds benefit the 2017 FPHE school grant program. 

Since 2009, FPHE has awarded over $220,000 to the eleven public schools within the College Park High School feeder pattern. FPHE grants are awarded based on a combination of criteria, including the number of students impacted and the contribution to or support of language arts, math, science, and other key curriculum areas.

The program arm of the foundation focuses on Reading Readiness, which targets students in grades K-2 at each elementary school in Pleasant Hill. Volunteers are matched with young readers and work one-on-one with students under a teacher’s guidance to improve their reading skills and give them the confidence they need to thrive in the classroom. No previous experience is necessary to volunteer, just a commitment of one hour a week to make a difference. Volunteers need to be fingerprinted and TB tested.

In conjunction with our library, FPHE sponsors two programs. Pleasant Hill Reads is a citywide reading program modeled after the One City, One Book program. Pleasant Hill Reads is designed to foster community discussion about books by encouraging our entire community to read the same book at the same time. The Night of 1000 Inventions is an annual event where the Pleasant Hill Library is transformed into an inventor’s lab, with exhibits made by young scientists.

Another arm of the foundation is the Green Team, an interdisciplinary education program which focuses on organic gardens, healthy food, nutrition training and sustainability, including reduce/reuse/recycle. These programs go hand-in hand with school programs on STEM, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards alignment covering K-12.   

Visit to learn more about FPHE, the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill, and to purchase tickets. 

Don't miss this great family event! See you at The Amazing Race on Sunday April 30. It’s guaranteed to be lots of fun for the entire family!









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