• Petitioning Oakland Unified School District

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Oakland Unified School District

We need a soccer field.

    1. BolorErdene Erdenebat
    2. Petition by

      BolorErdene Erdenebat

      Oakland, CA

Who we are:

Oakland International High School (OIHS)  was created seven years ago to support the   newly arrived immigrant community. Not only do we come from all parts of Oakland, we come from all over the world speaking over 32 languages from 33 different countries including: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, China, Congo-Brazzaville, D.R. Congo, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea,Etiopía, Gabón, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.

To learn more about us : http://www.oihsfield.org/

Soccer Unites Us:

Transitioning to a new country, language, and culture has been tough for all of us, but having a little piece of home continues to make all the difference. One of the most important programs at our school is called Soccer Without Borders. Students might not speak the same native languages, but the language of soccer unites us, provides us with a sense of family and community, and creates a space where we can work as a team and practice our English outside of the classroom in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, we do not have a field to practice on regularly and safely at our school.

 

The issue:

Although a baseball field is attached to our school campus, we are often not allowed to use it. We must play soccer on concrete and asphalt in the back of our school. The baseball field is controlled by nearby Oakland Technical High School. Starting from November 2013 (to June 2014), the OIHS soccer program has not been allowed any space to practice. Similarly, from November  to January 2014, our PE classes have had no place to play. The inaccessibility of the field was due to reseeding the grass and Tech’s baseball practice schedule. We believe this is unfair and inequitable.

Our solution:

Now, our school is taking a big step. We want to build a soccer field of our own! To accomplish this goal, we would like to share the back of the school with Oakland Tech by creating a dual-use space. This way, we can have our own soccer field, but also preserve Oakland Tech’s “Field of Dreams,” because we know how important sports and dreams are; we have our own, too.

 

Our request to the public:

To support and know about us go to this our soccer campaign website: 

 http://www.oihsfield.org/

Please help us get a soccer field of our own by signing the petition below:

 

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dipen Subba OAKLAND, CA
      • 26 days ago

      I'm singing this because we need the soccer field. This is very important because we don't have many sport facility in our school. This would help our school to have those kinds of sports. There is a very good players and many of our students from different countries are a participant of soccer without border.

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    • Michelle Hyde SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I'm a volunteer soccer coach for a diverse team and know the importance of having space to play!

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    • Nancy Garvey OAKLAND, CA
      • 2 months ago

      They deserve it and are great kids! What a wonderful bridge b/w many countries and cultures!

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    • Connie Pham LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Let's work together to support both schools and give everyone a chance!

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    • Thao Cung NEWPORT BEACH, CA
      • 5 months ago

      I love soccer and I want to help foreign students and refugees because I was one myself.

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