The annual Walkathon is an all-school event that supports professional development for our faculty and staff during the summer and throughout the year. Our teachers have benefited from programs focused on all academic disciplines, social emotional learning, making, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the arts, technology and education, and more. 

As part of Gratitude Month in May, the all-school Walkathon is one of our favorite Hillbrook traditions - an opportunity to make memories, enjoy delicious food, and gather together as a community for a great cause. Walkathon donations directly support faculty and staff development, allowing Hillbrook's educators to participate in valuable local and national conferences, workshops, and summer fellowships.

Hear what our faculty and staff have to say about the impact of professional development opportunities:

"I went to teacher training at Island School in August 2018 and now I am back with 14 students and a fellow teacher to share the magic alongside of them. Truly amazing. I never would have had the confidence to bring students on this trip if I hadn’t done the summer PD by myself first. The Island School focuses on conservation, sustainability, supporting underserved communities, and challenging their own growth."

-Annie Makela, Director of the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship

"Professional development has been instrumental in my growth as a teacher. I created the photography elective about 20 years ago. At that point I was an experienced photographer with a solid understanding of traditional darkroom techniques but had no experience with digital photography. It was through the Hillbrook professional development that allowed me to take a couple of week long Photoshop classes that propelled the photo class to where it is today." 
-Greg Stamos, 6th-8th Art and Electives Teacher

Walkathon FAQ's

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the Walkathon?

    The Walkathon is an annual event hosted by the Hillbrook School Parent Council (HSPC). The event's primary purpose is to help fund valuable teacher and staff professional development and learning. All parents, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join this event.
  • Q. Why support the Walkathon?

    Hillbrook believes that investments in leading-edge teaching are critical components of a healthy school. Teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling - with your support, our teachers are at the forefront of best practices in education.
  • Q. What is the schedule for the Walkathon?

    This year’s walkathon will be held on Friday, May 6 with the tentative schedule of activities:
    11:30 am - Shuttles begin pickup from Calvary Church (16330 Los Gatos Blvd)
    12:00 pm - BBQ lunch served - families are welcome to join us at no charge, but you MUST register to be included!
    12:30 pm - Walkathon begins
    2:00 pm - Closing Ceremonies with "Minute to Win It" games and raffle prizes announced
    2:30 pm - Walkathon conclusion and shuttle pickup begins. Students will return to their classrooms and normal dismissal times will be in effect.

    If you plan on taking your children home with you immediately following the Walkathon (and before regular carpool begins), please let your child/ren's teacher know or fill out the Weekly Afterschool Transportation Schedule.
  • Q. Is shuttle service available for this event?

    Yes. parents are asked to use the convenient shuttle service to and from Hillbrook. As with all events on campus, parking is not permitted in the surrounding neighborhood. The shuttle will run throughout the event, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. At the end of the school day, children may ride the shuttle back to the designated shuttle spot with their parents.

    Shuttle Stop and Parking Location:
    Parking and shuttles will be available at Calvary Church (16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos CA). Please park on the Shannon Road side of the parking lot, avoiding the Kiddie Kampus area. The shuttle will pick up/drop off in the front of the circular driveway. Shuttles will run from 11:30 AM to 2:45 PM during the event.
    Please reach out to our Director of Transportation Nicholle Cabarloc at transportation@hillbrook.org with any questions!
  • Q. Do all students participate?

    Yes, our entire student community comes together for this event.
  • Q. How can my student obtain sponsorships?

    Click here to view our online Walkathon sponsorship registration form will open in April 2022. You can copy the link and share with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to sponsor.
  • Q. Can my student participate without having a sponsor?

    Absolutely! All children participate in the Walkathon.
  • Q. Why do students collect funds, not pledges?

    We want the process to be as simple as possible for everyone and we believe collecting funds while soliciting is a better use of time for our students, parents, and volunteers.
  • Q. Are contributions tax deductible?

    Yes, tax receipts will be provided for all identified donors over $20. Matching funds can also be applied for and would be greatly appreciated. Hillbrook is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our tax ID is 94-0382325.
  • Q. Can Walkathon donations be matched by company matching programs?

    Yes, they can and are fully tax-deductible.
  • Q. When are sponsorship funds due?

    Sponsorship funds are due the day of the Walkathon.
  • Q. What do students wear to the Walkathon?

    The Walkathon is held on a Free Dress day. All students will also receive a t-shirt that day to wear throughout the walk. We recommend P.E. shorts and comfortable walking shoes for all of our walkers. There is a potential for the children's Walkathon t-shirts to get wet during the event, so they may opt to wear a tank top or swim suit top underneath their shirt.
  • Q. Do students receive prizes for participating?

    All students receive a commemorative T-shirt. Students must bring their own water bottles. 

    Any student who receives total donations of $50 or more will have their name entered into a raffle for fun prizes and more. They can also enter their name once for every ten laps they complete.
  • Q. Can family members and friends participate?

    Absolutely! All family and friends are invited to support this event. Please join us for lunch at the BBQ from 12 - 12:30 pm (students are automatically included, but make sure to register any family members who will be attending). 

    You can also sign up to volunteer
    - every extra pair of hands is needed!

    We ask that all use the shuttle service to get to and from campus from Calvary Church.
  • Q. Who can volunteer?

    Parents, grandparents or special friends can all volunteer, we appreciate your help! Volunteers enjoy the event by overseeing water stations, barbecuing, counting laps, distributing feet, and more. You can sign up to volunteer by contacting the event organizers or going to the Walkathon Volunteer Sign-up form here. All volunteers receive a commemorative t-shirt as a thank-you for participating!
  • Q. Is lunch available for family members and friends?

    Yes! Family members and friends are invited to join the school-wide BBQ at noon prior to the opening ceremonies. Families are invited to join us for lunch at no charge in 2022 - students are automatically included, but you must register each family member who will be joining us. 

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Cathy  Carlson

    Cathy  Carlson 

    Director of Advancement
    (408) 356-6116 ext. 505


The Walkathon is a great way to build community and support Teacher Appreciation - and there are a ton of great ways to get involved! See below:
  • Sponsor Your Student - click here to get started
  • Volunteer - We need you! Click here to lend a hand
  • Donate to Teacher Appreciation - In lieu of end-of-year gifts, HSPC will purchase Teacher Appreciation gift cards on your behalf and host special events for employees throughout the month of May. You can submit your donations at the same time you complete your student sponsorship.
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Los Gatos, CA 95032
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