PTSA Meeting Tonight, Schedule Change Meetings, Rio Robotics & More from OneRio!

PTSA Meeting Tonight, Wed. 10/10 @ 7pm in Rio Library

In Case You Missed It: Duck Derby Final Update!

Preliminary numbers show our FUNdraiser brought in $18,850 with a profit of $13,750! We sold 1,295 ducks – 113 less than our highest total last year. However, it the consistently closest race yet between all grades with Senior’s finally pulling ahead and staying ahead to earn $1,000 for their class!

Thank you to these raffle winners who donated their prize back to OneRio to make sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio:

Laura Lehrer
Chris Ford
Nan Mohrfeld
Ema Adams


$500 Grand Prize Winners
Number          Name                     Student Seller
1.    3        Michael Dengel       (Annika Dengel)
2.    430    Julie Sazaki              (Ava Sazaki)
$100 Bonus Winners
1.    2180  Laura Lehrer                 (Katherine Lehrer)
2.    2502  Michael Dengel            (Annika Dengel)
3.    2479  Zephra Lawrence         (Emma Lawrence)
4.    1984  Lori McCoy                   (Ryan McCoy)
5.    567    Patricia Cutlter             (Whitney Wheeler)
6.    2189  Chris Ford                     (Kennedy Ford)
7.    1265  Nan Mohrfeld              (Wyatt Mohrfeld)
8.    2178  Kathleen O’Connor     (Kellen O’Connor)
9.    1525  Cooper Davis
10.     2749  Dina Garbero               (Genna Garbero
11.     2376  Jody Prunier
12.     194    Michael Dengel            (Annika Dengel)
13.     2782  Chris Gerety                 (Sydney Gerety)
14.     950    Nghia Nguyen              (Nicholas Demovic)
15.     169    Jody Hendrie               (Lacy Hendrie)
16.     1005  Elizabeth Irwin
17.     1178  Ema Adams                (Lorelei Adams)
18.     448    Dawn Schlegel           (Avery Landeros)
19.     907    Tammy Hendrie        (Jackson McMorris)
20.     942    Suzanne Wheeler     (Whitney Wheeler)
21.    2401  Kiki Wong-Yee           (Jolie Yee)
22.    1249  Dawn Schlegel          (Avery Landeros)
23.    1348  Lori Haggard             (Madeline Haggard)
24.    2384  Poonie Holst             (Jonathan Holst)
25.    2329  Kelly Lewellen          (Cassie Mastronarde)

Thank you to our 2018 Duck Derby sponsors for enabling the sale of our 1,295 ducks to be all profit!

Marque Sponsor: 
Quick Quack Car Wash
 Premier Sponsor: 
Niello Company
Gold Sponsor: 
Silver Sponsors:
John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage
Carmichael Roofing
Kyber Construction
Wayside Lumber
Bronze Sponsors:
Jason Borg, Attorney at Law
Sutter Builders
London & Gonzalez Advocates
Crazy for Yogurt
Screaming Squeegee

Prize Donor:
Cookie Connection, Loehman’s Plaza
Gift Card Donors:
Laura Osecheck
Lisel John
A special thanks to our Duck Derby crew, a great group of volunteers eager to work smarter not harder to help Rio shine:

Kelli Wheeler    Allison Allen   Summer Wright
Tom Nelson      Tina Shaw        Laura Osecheck                         AJ Paulus            Mike Wright
Bonnie Bjorgum                      Alluria Smith        Carol Burns
Valerie Powell  Joe Raya       Jan Shively           Trey Wheeler

Daily Duck Table
Nina Seibel
Sadie Campbell
Eric Osecheck
Katie McKechnie
Jarrod Florentino
See you next year at the 5th Annual Duck Derby, but in the meantime make sure to keep an eye out for all the great things happening at Rio thanks to proceeds from the 2018 Rio Duck Derby! #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio



Come to PTSA meeting tonight, where Principal Ginter is always in attendance or come to an upcoming scheduled meeting for this:

SJUSD had instituted new graduation requirements for the Class of 2023. In order to accommodate these requirements Rio Americano will be considering a schedule change for next year ultimately decided by teachers that will be one of the following:

  • 7-8 Period Day
  • Block Schedule
  • Stays Same

However, parent and student input is valued and would like to be passed on to teachers for consideration. Principal Ginter will be holding 2 more Parent/Student Schedule Discussion Meetings on October 24 and on Nov. 28 in case you missed the first one. They will start at 6pm in the PAC.

Support our Rio Robotics Team by eating Chipotle!
Saturday, Oct. 13 from 4-8pm
Loehman’s Plaza Location
Show the flyer above or mention Rio and our Raider Robotics gets 33% of proceeds!
Support our Rio Cheer by Eating Spaghetti Factory past at the Rio Cafeteria
Friday, Oct. 12, 5-8pm
Tickets $10 from Rio Cheerleader or at door.
Lots of fun silent auction items, good food, and great reason to eat pasta!
for more info contact Demeris at
Be a part of the 2019 SENIOR SHOWCASE!
Text @showcase19 to 81010 to join
Come to the 1st meeting on Tuesday, October 16 @ 6:30pm in the Rio Library. Important papers handeded out that night.
Can’t Wait for Friday to eat out to support Rio?
Go to the Student Govt Fundraiser at
Noodles and Company in Loehman’s Plaza
Thurs. 10/11, 4-8pm
Mention Rio so ASB gets a percentage of sales!
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Duck Derby, Homecoming, Principal Message & More from OneRio!

PTSA Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Library

2018 Rio Duck Derby 
Time to Get Friends & Family Involved!

Don’t let this week being Rio Homecoming week distract us from our goal of raising $30,000 by getting all 3,000 raffle ducks adopted!

If you’ve already bought your lucky ducks, please have your student copy and paste the letter below into an email to family and family friends (or do your own for co-workers!) to offer them a chance win $3,500 in cash prizes while helping continue to make sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!

If you haven’t gotten your lucky ducks yet – what are you waiting for? Click HERE! 
Hi everyone this is ___________.

My school, Rio Americano, is having the 4th Annual Rio Duck Derby raffle FUNdraiser. If you purchase a rubber duck for $10 you have 27 chances to win $3,500 in prizes — (2) $500 (25) $100 plus a Quick Quack car wash!

There are also individual prizes and class prizes. I’m trying to be a Top Seller and also help my class — I’ll get free food at our Duck Derby Celebration (and other fun prizes) if I’m a Top Seller and if my _____________ class sells the most ducks we will get $1,000 to help with our class spirit events and merchandise!

Here’s the link to buy ducks:

Here’s the link for more information:

The Duck Derby Drawing is this Friday, Sept. 28 at noon at the Rio pool. You don’t have to present to win, winners will be notified by email, phone and/or on the website. Please consider supporting me and my school in this fun event!

Thanks and good luck!


p.s. When you click the link to buy a duck online please select Grade ____ and put (STUDENT NAME HERE) in the NOTES section so I get credit for the sale.


Rio Alum Being Honored at An Evening With The Stars!

The San Juan Education Foundation last October funded $27,850 in teacher grants – including one that helped our Graphic Arts teacher, John Feld, get a state-of-the-art printer for the department.

One of the ways they raise money for these grants is An Evening With The Stars which inducts SJUSD grads into the STARS Hall of Fame. One of this year’s inductees is Rio alum and author, Shanthi Skaran.

As part of the theme, Empowered Women:Inspiring the Next Generation,Rio ASB President, Whitney Wheeler, will also be a part of the program.

An Evening With The Stars is on Friday, September 28, featuring a formal catered dinner at The Center at 2300 in honor of STARS Hall of Fame inductees to raise money for San Juan Unified School District schools. Other honorees include Diane Bryant, former Google Cloud COO and Intel Group President, Shannon Callahan, Navy Pilot, and and Dr. Heidi Wittenberg, surgeon.

Click HERE for more information and tickets.

Important Principal Message at This Week’s PTSA Meeting!
This is PTSA’s first meeting of the 2018/19 school year. As with every PTSA meeting Rio’s principal, Brian Ginter, will be present with latest important Rio community information and to field questions and concerns. At this meeting Principal Ginter will also be using the PTSA forum to provide additional information on schedule options for next year.

The meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library.

Homecoming Dance Saturday!
We have another dance with thirsty dancers this month! The Homecoming Dance is usually one of Rio’s most well-attended dances and so we need lots of water!

Please drop off your 8oz water donations to Rm C10 between NOW and FRIDAY or have it delivered by Safeway.

Also, please email Student Government Advisor Jason Korich if you are available to chaperone

Rio & Beyond Fall Speaker Series

Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 6:00 – 800 pm, PAC All Student classes recommended
Demystifying College Admissions: A Zoom digital conference with Sara Harberson, America’s College Counselor

Thursday, Sept 27 & Tuesday, Oct 9 Senior student recommended
A two-part lecture by Scott Hamilton, Future Stars College Counseling
Topic Selection, Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PAC
Selection Review, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Library

Thursday, Oct 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Library Senior parent recommended
A FAFSA hand’s-on workshop conducted by Joe Gomes, At Risk Intervention Specialist and College Admission Advisor

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Duck Derby Starts This Week! Water Shortage for Dances   #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio
Back to School Night Wed., 9/12 @ 6pm
First PTSA meeting Wed., Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library
Quick Quack Carwash, Niello Company,
John Foderaro/Guild Mortgage, Kyber Construction, Carmichael Roofing, Caltronics, Wayside Lumber,
Sutter Builders, London & Gonzalez Advocacy, 

Jason Borg Attorney at Law, Screaming Squeegee, and Crazy for Yogurt

2018 Rio Duck Derby Begins Friday 9/7!


  • Rio Duck Derby sales starts Friday, Sept. 7 and ends Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3pm
  • Through student sales and online donations sell 3,000 raffle rubber ducks for $10.
  • Order forms will be handed out in 5th period on Friday, Sept. 7(also available in Attendance office, Daily Duck Table and
  • No ducks will change hands. Raffle #’s will be assigned to duck purchase.
To see your raffle number go to
  • All forms and money will be turned into Attendance office or at Daily Duck Table.
  • Starting 9/7 ducks can be adopted online through the Rio Americano website: and
  • Rio Duck Derby raffle will take place Friday, September 28 at lunch at the Rio pool.
  • Class that sells the most ducks wins $1,000, their Duck Dunker jumping into pool to retrieve winning ducks and Title Belt.
  • Winning class has their Duck Dunker choose winning ducks.
    • Freshmen: Principal Ginter
    • Sophomores: Jennifer Smiley, PE Teacher
    • Juniors: Carley Nava, Health Teacher
    • Seniors: Sammie Stroughter, Football Coach/Campus Monitor
  • Two ducks will win $500
  • 25 ducks will win $100
  • Students who sold winning ducks will receive a Duck Derby T-shirt.
  • Winners will be notified via email and posted on
  • The Duck Derby Celebration will be Friday, September 28 with an hour-long lunch with DJ music by Rio senior Jesse, BBQ hamburger and hot dog meals, and desserts for sale.
  • Top 20 sellers will get their food for free at the Duck Derby Celebration, Duck Derby T-shirt, and gift card.
  • Three winners of Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle, Crazy for Yogurt, and other gift cards plus Duck Derby T-shirts will be chosen in a weekly raffle from people who have turned in order forms and money plus Top 3 sellers.
  • Any questions please contact Kelli Wheeler at

Class of 2019 Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue! 

Senior Family Picnic and BBQ is this Sunday, September 9th. Get your tickets online . Last day to purchase tickets is tomorrow Thursday September, 6h.Well see you there and don’t forget your to pack your picnic blankets .Cheers to the class of 2019!!!

There are 2 dances in the next two weeks
(Back to School Dance, Friday 9/7 and Homecoming 9/22)
and mini waters (8oz) are still desperately needed for the over 1500 students expected at these events! Our dancers get HOT and this is their main source of water.

Costco and Smart & Final have great values and Safeway delivers.

Your help is appreciated by Student Govt and your thirsty dancers! Please drop waters off to room C10 at any time.

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Duck Derby Sponsors Needed, Senior Picnic, Back to School Dance   #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio
Back to School Night Wed., 9/12 @ 6pm
First PTSA meeting Wed., Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library
Thank you Digital Arts teacher, John “Feezy” Feld for this year’s awesome 2018 Duck Derby logo!

Final Week to Become a 2018 Duck Derby Sponsor!

The 2018 Duck Derby raffle is Sept. 7-28. The deadline to become a sponsor before T-shirts, banners, and promotional materials are printed is August 31. Click HERE for more info or contact Kelli Wheeler at

Please consider joining these sponsors to make this year’s Duck Derby the best FUNraiser yet!

Quick Quack Car Wash
The Niello Company
Jason Borg Attorney at Law
Kyber Construction
Sutter Builders
Carmichael Roofing
Courtney Way, Realtor                                          John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage

Class of 2019 Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue! 
Date: Sunday, September 9th
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Rio Americano High School 

We surpassed our fundraising goals for the Safe and Sober Grad Night event with the huge number of seniors that purchased parking spaces. We raised almost $18,000! Because of the success of the parking event, the Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue will not need to be a huge fundraising event. We will just need to cover costs and enjoy the evening with our seniors and the rest of the class of 2019 and their families!
Tickets will be $6 per person and will include a barbecue dinner ( we will have a vegetarian option), beverage and dessert.
Tickets will be available to purchase through PayPal starting,  Monday, August 27 and run through Thursday, September 6th on the Senior Events webpage: .  Not a fan of BBQ, no worries, pack a picnic and  come out and enjoy the event. 
There will be music, lawn games, raffles, ping pong and good old fashioned fun – PLUS WE WILL HAVE AN AUCTION FOR FRONT ROW GRADUATION TICKETS!!!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to make this event a success for all of our seniors. We will need help with set-up, clean-up and grilling. If you are willing to help, please email Cheryl Chamness at .

Back to School Dance
Friday, Sept. 7
Rio gym
Chaperones and mini waters are still needed for this event!
Please drop waters off to room C10 at any time. Reply to this email if you’d like to chaperone.

Duck Derby Committee Members Needed!

If you’re interested in helping with PTSA’s anchor fundraiser we are having a planning meeting

Monday, Aug. 27 at 7pm at the home of DD Committee Chair, Kelli Wheeler

Treasurer, shadow chair, and worker bees needed!

Please reply to this email for address or further inquiries.

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OneRio Meeting Tuesday, Aug 21 6pm in Rio Library


Why Come to the OneRio Meeting? 
Tuesday, August 21 @ 6pm in Rio Library

  • Because the first PTSA meeting isn’t until Sept. 19 and you want to find out what’s up now.
  • You’ve heard about this great OneRio group and want to be a part of it.
  • You haven’t heard of OneRio but your are intrigued to know more.
  • You want to give back to the Rio community but aren’t sure how.
  • You want to be a Rio Resource and match your skill set to a helpful area.
  • You don’t have time but you have other ways you’d like to help.
  • You want to know what events are coming up this school year.
  • You want to be a part of Rio Duck Derby 2018!
  • You want to be a part of Grad Night 2019!
  • You want to be a part of something!
  • Your Rio community group would like help from OneRio.
  • You want to learn about what #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!
Mark Your Calendars!
Rio Americano 2018/19 FUNdraisers and School Spirit Events!

6/28-7/4 Rio Fireworks Booth (RAAB)


8/18 Senior Parking Space Painting (PTSA/Grad Night)
9/7-28 Duck Derby (PTSA/OneRio) 9/7 Back to School Dance (ASB)
9/8 Rio Sports Fall Social (RAAB)
9/9 Senior Family Picnic (PTSA/Grad Night)
9/12 Back to School Night (ASB)
9/13 College Night (R&B)
9/21 Homecoming Game vs Christian Bros (Alumni Opportunity)
9/22 Homecoming Dance (ASB)
9/26 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)10/10 Pops Concert (RABB)
10/12 Cheer Pasta Feed (Cheerleaders)
10/16 AM Jazz Ensemble (RABB)
10/22-11/4 Rio Wreaths (PTSA/OneRio)
10/23-24 Reader’s Theater (Theater)
11/1 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
11/8 Play-a-thon (RABB)
11/15 Rowdy Raiders v Staff Basketball Game (ASB)


11/23 Alumni Soccer Game (Alumni Opportunity)
11/23 Alumni Basketball Game (Alumni Opportunity)
11/29-12/1 Jack Scott Tournament (Boys Basketball)
12/7-8 Rio Raider Round Up Tournament (Girls Basketball)
12/12 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
2/6 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
2/9 Monte Carlo Night (RAAB)*
2/13 Winter Concert (RABB)
2/6-9 Winter Play (Theater)


3/2 Dinner Dance (RABB)
3/2 Raley Field Baseball Night (Baseball)*
3/9 GALA Dance (ASB)3/15 Hoops for Hope (Alumni Opportunity)
3/20 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
3/30 Senior Showcase (PTSA)
4/3 Open House (ASB)
4/6 Junior Prom (ASB)
4/22 Race for the Stars (Rio/District)
4/9 Chamber Music Concert (RABB)
4/12 ILS Prom (ASB)
4/24-27 Spring Play (Theater)
4/26 Golf Tournament (RAAB)*
4/27 Rio Sports Hall of Fame Induction (RAAB)*
5/1 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
5/3 Spring Concert (RABB)
5/4 Senior Ball (ASB)
5/11* Pancake Breakfast (CIVITAS)

*Date is tentative

ASB Associated Student Body
CIVITAS political science based 4-yr student academy
OneRio school pride and spirit support group
PTSA Parent Teacher Student Association
RAAB Rio Americano Athletic Boosters
RABB Rio Americano Band Boosters
R&B Rio & Beyond
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Rio Fireworks Booth, Schedule Pick-Up Volunteers, Senior Parking Spots & Fall Fiesta Group Parties

Rio Sports 2018 Fireworks Booth
Volunteers Needed!

RAAB’s 2018 Fireworks Booth is quickly approaching! Please go to the following link and volunteer time for one of RAAB’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Join a friend on your work shift, or meet the parents of other Rio athletes! Your help is greatly appreciated!  Sign-ups are HERE.

For questions or additional information, please contact Jennifer Mahoney

Sign Up Now to Get the Spot You Want!
Parent Volunteers for Schedule and Textbook Pick-Up for 2018/19 School Year

During the check-in, students will return paperwork sent to them in the summer mailer (Rio’s Rules and Regulations and the Attendance Contract), receive their class schedule, have their school picture taken for the 2018-2019 student ID card and for the yearbook, purchase important school items, check out textbooks, and make schedule change requests.

In order to get our students through each station as quickly as possible, our parent volunteers lend a huge helping hand in this process.

There are two shifts each day for volunteers, 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM or 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM.  The check-in days are as follows:

Seniors – Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Juniors-   Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sophomores– Friday, August 10, 2018

Freshman–  Monday, August 13, 2018

We are looking for 12-15 volunteers for schedule pick-up and 4-5 volunteers for Textbook pick-up per shift, each of the four days. That is a lot of volunteer shifts to fill, so we need your help! If students are looking for volunteer hours, they are welcome in the Textbook room shifts.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use this Sign-Up Genius to choose a shift. Parent Volunteers for Schedule and Textbook Pick-Up for Rio Americano

Erin Bjork is the parent volunteer coordinator for schedule pick-up and can be reached at

Bonnie Bjorgum is the principal’s secretary and can also be reached with questions at

Jennifer Cockerell is the parent volunteer coordinator for Textbook pick-up and can be reached at

Ramona Witek is the Rio Textbook clerk and can be reached at if you have additional questions.

Thank you for your support!

Erin and Jen

The Rio Sports Fall Social needs your help!
The Sign-Up Parties during the Silent Auction generate a lot of money for this fundraiser. RAAB (Rio Americano Athletic Boosters) is looking for someone to join their Fall Social Committee as the Sign-Up Party Chair. If you know lots of Rio families and community members who like to host a good time, or helped with the Mariemont, Del Dayo auctions or other elementary/middle school fundraisers, or are just someone who wants to get involved in their child’s school – this opportunity is for you!

Jen Hemmer, the new RAAB President and Fall Social Chair (and full-time attorney) could really use some help continuing to make this 3rd annual event she launched a huge success and biggest fundraiser for Rio Sports.

Please contact Jen @ if you’d like to help or if you’re interested in hosting a Sign-Up Party (like The Wheelers who are hosting a Sacramento Brew-Bike Party!)

It’s Time to Get Your Senior Parking Spaces!!

Click on the box above to purchase your parking space online.
$310 for Premium
$155 for Personal
All proceeds go to 2019 Rio Safe & Sober Grad Night!
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Goodbye Class of 2018 – OneRio May Update

Fun Fact: That’s your OneRio Chair, Kelli Wheeler, (above) Class of 1989 getting dunked at Clayton Valley HS Senior Picnic!

Class of 2018 Pool Party & BBQ!

Thursday, May 31 11am-2pm!

Rio del Oro Raquet Club
119 Scripps Dr., Sac 95864

The Class of 2018 starts a new tradition! After Senior Checkout Day on Thursday, May 31 all Seniors are invited to Rio del Oro Raquet Club (119 Scripps Dr, Sacramento, CA 95825) for a FREE pool party and BBQ from 11am-2pm! All seniors need to bring is their student ID to get in, a towel, and bathing suit! Food, drinks, games and music will be provided. Please remind your seniors to sign-up for this FREE event during Rio’s lunch period in front of the Attendance Office! 

(On day of event, seniors will park across the street from Rio del Oro in the overflow lot and enter at the back gate that is directly across from the overflow lot.)

Action Item: If you’d like to chaperone this event (we need BBQers, food/drink servers, check-in, directional help, boundary monitors) please respond to this email, subject: Senior Pool Party (volunteers will report from 10:30-2:30pm or any portion of the event)

It’s not too late to sign up for CLASS OF 2018 Safe & Sober Grad Night
on June 1, 9pm-4am
at Strikes in Rocklin!
CLICK HERE to register and pay and for more details

2018 Rio Duck Derby!
Anyone interested in joining the Duck Derby Committee there will be a quick meeting, on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at Duck Derby Chair, Kelli Wheeler’s house to have an overview of what promises to be OneRio’s biggest fundraiser yet! We will hit the ground running in August for the 2018 Rio Duck Derby Sept. 7-28. Please respond to this email, subject: Duck Derby to RSVP and get address for meeting.
We are still accepting design submissions for the 2018 DD logo so encourage your student to submit their drawing or graphic design!
CLASS of 2019
Safe & Sober
Grad Night Fundraiser:
Buy Your Parking Spot to Paint!
Starting Monday, May 21 print your order form or buy online through for purchasing a parking spot. Details to follow when site goes live on that day.

Painting will be done the Saturday after school starts, August 18 with a Senior Picnic Fundriaser to follow on Sunday, Sept. 9 where additional fundraising for Safe and Sober Grad Night will have auction items like Reserved Front Row seats for Class of 2019 graduation!

Interested in succeeding as OneRio Chair starting 2019/20? Respond to this email, subject OneRio Resource to plan a date for coffee and see if you want to shadow Kelli Wheeler during her final year.
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