Superintendent Winfred Roberson watches a Patwin Elementary School student take aim at the dunk tank target on Saturday at the school's annual Walkathon fundraiser. Roberson said the cool water felt good on the hot day. Jeff Hudson/Enterprise photo

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Superintendent makes a splash at Patwin Walkathon festivities

By From page A4 | April 30, 2013

Superintendent Winfred Roberson took a good-natured turn as a slightly waterlogged celebrity at Patwin Elementary’s annual Walkathon on Saturday.

The superintendent swapped his usual suit and tie for swimwear and shades, and sat on a perch above a dunk tank, while contestants — who had purchased tickets, with proceeds benefiting school programs — took turns hurling a softball at a target that, when struck, tipped Roberson into the cool water below.

Roberson was careful to hand off his ever-present smartphone to his smiling wife Yvette, who was standing by with a camera.

It was a hot, sunny day, and Yvette noted that “Winfred already got in a good workout earlier this morning, so that water’s going to feel pretty good.”

And that was fortunate, because several Patwin youngsters demonstrated superior hand-eye coordination, and hit the target squarely.

“That kid has an arm!” the superintendent said appreciatively after a preschooler connected with a softball, sending Roberson into the water for the fourth or fifth time.

The Patwin Walkathon is typically the school’s biggest annual fundraiser, drawing hundreds of participants who walk or run on a circular path, enjoy a cake walk and other activities, or nibble on the food and sip the drinks that are for sale.

Jeff Hudson

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