Annual car, bike show fundraiser to benefit GATE program

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Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse Principal Ernesto Calles with students.

By Pasul Rasso

On Thursday, November 15 the Bloomington Community came together to support the 4th Annual Car

Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse Little Michael Jackson performs his dance.
Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse
Little Michael Jackson performs his dance.

and Bike Show fundraiser for the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program at the Joe Baca Middle School within the Colton Joint Unified School District. The GATE program according to the website at California.gov GATE is an educational program designed to address the learning styles of the students who have been identified as gifted and talented, and the goal of the program is to meet students’ intellectual needs.

Approximately 450 community members, staff and volunteers were present and ready to support the event. Three of the major sponsors were Street Life, Cities Finest and The Hook Up Wire and Wheels, who supported and promoted the event and brought several

Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse 15 year old Christina Camarena performed on Saturday.
Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse
15 year old Christina Camarena performed on Saturday.

classic, custom and lowrider cars for the community to enjoy. In all about 35 cars and several bicycles were present at the event. The Rialto SWAT and Explorer teams, also supported the event and brought out the Rialto P.D.’s SWAT vehicle for the students to enjoy. Students were given the opportunity to wear the SWAT teams gear.

Spectators were greeted with menudo, a taco bar, corn and chili, and plenty of other food and drink items. The American Cancer Society (Mina’s Angels Relay for Life) was represented and was doing a raffle for a 60″ HD TV, as well as groups like the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, and many other vendors doing cottage industry wares.

Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse 1948 Chevy Fleetline was one of several cars participating in the event.
Photo Courtesy/Dan Morse
1948 Chevy Fleetline was one of several cars participating in the event.

DJ Services were donated by 11 year old Dj Jojo from Colton who entertained the spectators with various music for all to enjoy. Student performances included the Baca Middle School Band, Baile Florico, Christina Camerena, Tommy Gunn Dance crew, and Little Michael Jackson, Ramsey. He is a 7 year old student from Grimes Elementary, and before performing he told students’ and staff, “if it had not been for drugs his idol Michael Jackson would be alive today!”

The cheers from the crowd during the performances and trophy awards showed how much the students, staff and community enjoyed the event! The school looks forward to having the 5th Annual event next year.

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