FORUS completes Soap Project, kicks off school roof campaign

By Maureen Robertson

A check for $50 from Ralph Kling kicks off Friends of Ramona Unified Schools’ (FORUS) campaign to reroof one or more of Ramona’s public schools. Kling’s check came with a note stating “thanks for all you do.”

Ramona plumber Greg Chick installs the last of 34 vandal-proof soap dispensers in the girls' bathroom at the Bulldog Stadium snack bar Thursday afternoon. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Dave Patterson, one of the founding members of FORUS, is in charge of fundraising for the roof campaign. He is working with Ed Anderson, maintenance and grounds supervisor for Ramona Unified School District, and a licensed roofer to assess the school roofs.

Repairing or replacing leaky roofs at several schools was among items on a proposed school bond that voters defeated in November. After the bond’s defeat, a group of Ramona residents responded to a Sentinel editorial asking “Now what?” The group formed Friends of Ramona Unified Schools, a California nonprofit corporation, and is in the process of applying for nonprofit status with the IRS.

FORUS’ initial project, installing 34 vandal-proof soap dispensers with soap in Ramona’s secondary schools, ended Thursday, and money has been donated to replace broken faucets at the secondary schools. Money also is being raised for batteries for automated external defibrillator (AED) units already at schools and for additional AEDs if requested.

Dr. Jane Tanaka, also a FORUS founding member, served as fundraising chair for the Soap Project, the Drip Project to replace broken faucets and the Lifesaver Project for AED units.

“In teenagers, sudden cardiac arrest is most likely to occur during strenuous exercise or within one hour after exercise,” said Tanaka. “The state of California strongly urges that each school campus have at least one AED, but does not mandate it.”

Tanaka’s husband, plumber Greg Chick, installed the soap dispensers, at no cost to the district, at Ramona High School,

Perspiration showing through his shirt, Ramona plumber Greg Chick stands by the last of 34 vandal-proof soap dispensers he installed in Ramona Unified's secondary schools at no expense to the district. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Olive Peirce Middle School and Montecito High School where, school district officials report, most of the vandalism in bathrooms has occurred. Tanaka’s fundraising effort raised $6,800 for the 34 dispensers and two years worth of soap.

After completing installation of the 34th dispenser in the girls’ bathroom at the Bulldog Stadium at Ramona High School, RHS freshman Kortni Zeigler, a junior varsity cheerleader, used soap from the dispenser to wash her hands.

“That’s what it’s all about,” said Chick.

The $1,000 raised for new faucets will go to the school district, since the district can purchase faucets at a more reasonable price than FORUS, said Chick.

AED batteries are about $250 each, said Tanaka. As of Sept. 9, $500 had been raised. A request for an AED battery came from Olive Peirce Middle School and the second battery will be for

Ramona High School freshman Kortni Zeigler, a junior varsity cheerleader, is the first perosn to use the vandal-proof soap dispenser installed in the girls' bathroom at the Bulldog Stadium snack bar on Thursday afternoon. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

an AED unit at Ramona High School.

The bulldog Roofus is the mascot for the FORUS school roof campaign. Donations payable to FORUS may be sent to Dave Patterson, 1003 Sixth St., Ramona, CA 92065.

The next meeting of FORUS will be in the Sentinel office, 425 10th St., at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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5 Comments for “FORUS completes Soap Project, kicks off school roof campaign”

  1. Jane Tanaka MD

    We learned many things from the SOAP PROJECT, including that some Ramonans were reluctant to donate because they were still mad about last year's contract dispute between the adminstration and teachers union. More than 50% of the $8300 raised for the soap/dispensers/faucets/batteries came from down-the-hill-folks who felt sympathy for Ramona's kids and their health needs. Reroofing Ramona school buildings may not tug on the heartstrings of DelMartians and Powegians as much.( I could send them photos of buckets of rainwater collected in classrooms, and kindergardeners holding up umbrellas inside their classroom..that will really make folks want to move up here for our school district…and I will surely be placed in time out by our School Board.) Time to bury the hatchet, Ramona. Please step up and help FORUS raise some roofs!

  2. Yea, but I did that dispenser install in a fraction the time it took me to do the others… The last one! Glad as hell I was finished, those bathrooms are hot! no air movement at all. I bet that reduces the "Hanging out" in the bathrooms, smoking too. A labor of love and good clean work. The students I encountered in there were all very attentive to using the soap and water. And the school workers I met with were all very positive about the project. I think the are now "on call" continue respect for the school bathrooms and discourage other students from taking out their aggression on the walls and fixtures. Thanks in advance.
    Regards, a sweaty guy… Greg.

  3. Penny

    Great Work Greg, your perspiration shows how much hard-work you did while installing those soap dispenser pumps. It is must for the school washroom or for any other place. I also got a soap dispenser pump installed from GBL dispensing for my home. Those are really nice :)

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