Randall Pepper

Students from Randall Pepper Elementary School proudly wear their school shirts and say “We’re No. 1.”  (Contributed photo by FUSD)

Earlier this year, a group of students from Randall Pepper Elementary School made history on a world stage. In December, their efforts will be recognized at the Fontana Christmas Parade.

The Fontana Exchange Club, which coordinates the annual parade, announced that members of the Randall Pepper Robotics Team will be honored as the grand marshals of the event on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The team members, who are in grades 3 and 4, will be joined by coaches Alice Strout and Jeff Rich, Principal Dr. Annette Beasley, and Assistant Principal Theresa Gomez.

The group traveled to Denmark in August to take part in the World Robotics Olympiad Friendship International Robotics Competition and achieved the highest honor -- the International Friendship Award, along with teams from Nigeria and Germany.

The theme the three countries created together was "3 Teams, 3 Countries, 1 Friendship." The team was assigned to participate in several activities that helped build friendships with other countries.

Student Heydi Pena, age 10, said regarding the experience: “I hope other generations get to see the way robotics has changed my life.”

Beasley and Gomez have expressed gratitude for this opportunity for the Fontana Unified School District and the city of Fontana that provided this unique experience to enrich the lives of the students.

The Christmas Parade, which has a theme of “The Magic of Christmas,” will begin at 10 a.m. on the corner of Arrow Boulevard and Sierra Avenue. Holiday-themed floats, musicians, Santa Claus and well-known local figures will make their way south on the Sierra parade route to Merrill Avenue. To participate, call (909) 350-0301.

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