In 1987 the Optimist Club of Riverside adopted its first school, Washington Elementary. Since then the club has adopted eight other schools; Castle View, Fremont, Beatty, Emerson, Madison, Jefferson, Longfellow Elementary schools and Alvord Unified School District. Through our adopted school program, the Club partners with the schools to help out with the sponsorship of special programs unique to each school and student body. In addition, the club provides each participating school a Bicycle Safety program, Tri-star Basketball Skills program, as well as participates in Read Across America. Financial aid is also given to fund activities the school cannot budget.