Bakersfield track team wears new uniforms for 1st time after surplus donations

Team went from wearing slippers to shoes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Last year, students at a local school went from running in flip flops and house slippers to running in proper track shoes.  

The change happened after 23 ABC's News' story went viral, leaving the school flooded with donations.

Today, 23ABC's Christine Dinh received an email from Marcel Guerra, the P.E. Activity Leader and Track Coach at Fremont Magnet, that expressed his gratitude.

However, in the email, he expressed that even more was allowed due to the surplus of donations, including new uniforms which were worn for the first time yesterday.


Hi Christine,

I just wanted to personally thank you for everything you did for us last year with our shoe and uniform drive. Thanks to your help, we were able to purchase new uniforms, shoes, and are now working on getting a professional high jump set. Yesterday was our first meet of the 2013 season and it was just awesome to see all my kids running in their new uniforms and shoes. Many of them advanced to the BC meet on April 13th. I was really proud and I know that without your help, we wouldn't have made it this far. Thanks for showing interest in my track team but, especially, thanks for caring. I attached a picture of our students after yesterday's meet. Hope all is well with you!

Best regards,
Marcel Guerra
P.E. Activity Leader & Track Coach, Fremont Magnet 

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