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The Alameda Education Foundation is made up of people like you who support educational opportunities, innovation and equity for Alameda public school K-12 students.


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College Prep Academy: For more information click here. To register, please click the blue College Prep Academy button below.
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Alameda Education Foundation
501(c)(3) non-profit
Tax ID #94-2867769
P.O. Box 1363, Alameda 94501
Tel. 510.337.7189

November 2017 Newsletter – Making a Difference

Message from the AEF President

I recently received a note from a former student thanking me for saving her life. Maria was my student when I was a vice principal in Union City 25 years ago. As vice-principal, I saw the students who had discipline issues – and I saw Maria a lot. But I also saw potential, and I told her she could do better. Now all these years later, Maria has a successful career as an educator, is married, and has two children who are doing well in school. She told me in her note that many of her childhood friends are in jail or dead. But because she was given a chance – was given opportunity – she succeeded

That desire to make a difference is what drives the work we do at the Alameda Education Foundation. I encourage you to check out our 2016-2017 Annual Report. You can see the number of learning opportunities we support and the impact we make thanks to your generosity. But most importantly, your support makes a difference in students’ lives. From the young woman who learned to challenge herself to the young man who went from being a failing student to a B+ student to the classroom of students who have a vital new classroom tool for learning.

Please help us continue to make a difference in student lives with a donation today. As you can see from this report, public funding alone is not enough to give students the tools and opportunities they need to be successful. It takes a community who values education and understands the difference education can make it a young person’s future.

All the best,


Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Student Art Across the Island

Bay Farm middle schoolers studied lunar landscapes taken by the Hubble Telescope to inspire their artwork.  Franklin students were inspired by Jackson Pollack and Ruby Bridges students by Monet.  Academy of Alameda students thought about individuals who have made a difference in the world and honored them with collage portraits.
Read more.

AEF Announcements

Alameda Asteroids Finish Season Strong!

Congratulations to the Alameda Asteroids! AEF’s middle school cross country team performed well at the recent SACMAL championships on Nov. 1st. Varsity girls came in 2nd overall and many individual medals were earned. Fourty-six students from 6 Alameda public middle schools participated in this enrichment program this fall.

Volleyball Championships on Deck

Playoffs begin Thursday, Nov. 9 for AEF’s middle school coed volleyball playoffs and championships. Teams from Alameda’s seven public middle schools will be vying for the championship trophy in Divisions I and II. A complete schedule with up-to-date results may be found here.
Volleyball is one of three after school sports run by AEF as part of its Middle School Sports program. State budget cuts resulted in the program being eliminated by the school district in 2017-2018, but AEF took it over in 2009. Since that time, the program has grown from a participation of three schools and 200 students to seven schools and over 650 participants. The other sports include girls and boys basketball in the winter and track & field in the spring.

Get your Warriors Tickets!

Bring your family and friends to Alameda Education Night and cheer on your 2017 NBA Champion Warriors as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks! On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Oracle Arena. AEF will receive a portion of each ticket sold.
Tickets: $95  – No taxes, surcharges or fees!
Go to and enter the password AEF!

Enrichment Classes – Winter/Spring

Be on the lookout in December for after-school enrichment class schedules at Alameda elementary schools. Registration will open for these classes on Jan. 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM here.

Adopt a Classroom in Full Swing

Thanks to the generosity of our Alameda community, we adopted 80 teachers in September and October. Our goal is 200 for the year! AEF’s Adopt A Classroom program gives 100% of each $500 donation to the teacher – no strings attached! Teachers use the funds as they know best to support learning opportunities for their classroom. Our emphasis is on adopting teachers who are most in need of support. If you can help, please visit our Adopt A Classroom webpage.

September 2017 Newsletter – Welcome Back!

Message from the AEF President

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year. The entire AEF Board and Staff wish the students, parents and staff a very successful and enriching school year. The “enriching” part is our AEF speciality!

Last school year our enriching efforts included Middle School Sports, Adopting 192 teachers (our all-time high), giving 1,000 new backpacks and school supplies to students in need, preparing 76 students preparing for college through our ACT/SAT prep classes, providing students with kits so they could participate in a Robotics program, displaying student art across Alameda through “Art Across The Island” and, of course, our many after school and summer Enrichment classes and camps.   We hope you take advantage of our many opportunities.

It continues to be an honor and pleasure to serve as President of the Alameda Education Foundation Board.

All the best,


Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

AEF Equipped for SuccessEquipped 4 Success Partnership in Full Bloom

Since 2012, AEF has taken the lead on the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive, working with community partners to identify students in need, fundraise, and distribute new backpacks filled with quality, grade level appropriate school supplies to kindergarten through 12th graders throughout our community.  This year we supported over 900 youth.  Since 2012, we have supported close to 7,000 students!

Thank you to the many organizations, businesses, and community members who support this drive.  Grants were received from the Alameda Community Foundation, Alameda Welfare Council, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, Rotary Club of Alameda, and Windermere Foundation.

Read more.

AEF Announcements

Last Chance for the SAT!

The last SAT test that can be used on college admissions is October 7th.  AEF is offering a SAT Crash Course Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 to prepare students to do their best on the test.  This course is open to seniors and juniors.  Also for seniors, we are offering a Personal Statement workshop to help students learn how to write a strong college admissions essay.  Space is limited, so register soon by clicking here.

AEF Adopt a Classroom programAdopt A Classroom and Make A Difference!

Want to make a direct impact on an Alameda classroom?  Then consider donating $500 to AEF’s Adopt A Classroom program.  Thank you to our 2017-2018 program sponsors:  Alameda Landing, a Catellus Development, Star Harbor (a proposed Tim Lewis community at Encinal Terminals), and Bill and Lois Sonneman.  Because of their support, 100% of your donation goes to the teacher, enabling them to use the money as they know best to support the unique needs of their classroom.  Learn more about Adopt A Classroom and donate here!

AEF is seeking a few more program sponsors for the 2017-2018 year. If you are interested in supporting this vital program that makes an impact on learning for thousands of Alameda students, please contact


AEF's Enrichment classes programEnrichment class registration is underway!

This fall we are offering 117 after school classes at 10 school campuses / locations in subjects including art, music, athletics, coding, animation and much more.  Our classes offer high quality instruction in small class settings, giving students the opportunity to explore new frontiers and develop new passions.  Check out the full selection here.




AEF Volleyball Middle School Sports 2017Kill it – in Volleyball, that is!

AEF’s middle school volleyball season began this week. Volleyball is part of AEF’s Middle School Sports program that is funded and managed by AEF. Although it used to be a school district program, the district cut it for the 2017-2018 school year due to State budget shortfalls. AEF began to run it in 2009. In addition to fall volleyball, we offer girls and boys basketball in the winter and track & field in the spring. You can check out the volleyball schedule and results here.





Eat, Drink and….Run?

AEF would not be successful without support from local businesses and organizations that help generate vital funds to support our programs – they put the fun in fundraising!  Please join us to eat, drink and run:

  • Alameda Running Festival, Sept. 16 – 17 – The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF)  is a beneficiary of the Saturday 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run/Walk events! These are great events to introduce younger students to the fun of running or to run together as a family. Learn how you can support AEF at this event.
  • SPIN! Pizza – “Ciao” down with us and raise “dough” for AEF!  Join us for AEF Dine & Donate at SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza on Sep. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 9 between 5:30 and 8:00 PM.  SPIN! will donate 15% of proceeds during these times to AEF programs.  Supporting AEF has never been tastier!
  • Friday Night Flights at Angela’s on Oct. 13th – Raise a glass or two and raise funds for AEF! Join us on Oct. 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the patio at Angela’s Kitchen.  Enjoy two glasses of house wine for $20 along with complimentary appetizers from Chef Zafari and his wife Maria.  All proceeds from wine tasting benefit AEF programs.


SED_for_2017Saluting Our Educators!

We had a wonderful time honoring our teachers, volunteers and schools at this year’s Salute to Education event on April 21st! Be sure to check out our photo album from the event.

Thank you to Al Wright for the photos and the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine for the wine donation. Our “Top of the Class” sponsor was Tim Lewis Communities/Star Harbor. Other sponsors were Alameda South Shore Center, Catellus/Alameda Landing, Frank Ghiglione/Rodgers Trucking Co., Pacific Union/Alameda, and State Farm Insurance/Team Kelly Lux.

May/June Newsletter 2017 – Congratulations Graduates!

Message from the AEF President

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,
The AEF Board and staff congratulate the graduating seniors from our public high schools and charters. We wish you well and good fortune in the future.

We are concluding another successful year at the Alameda Education Foundation. Our school year programs are concluding as we transition to our Summer Camps and preparation for our Back To School Supply Drive (Equipped 4 Success ). We are always looking for donations to guarantee all deserving students begin the school year with the proper school supplies.

The 2016-17 school year was marked with new AEF records. 192 teachers were adopted through our Adopt A Classroom program, as well as the largest participation in our track program ever – 326 – to name just two. The last week of school I will have the honor and privilege to present the Jack Capon awards to outstanding 8th grade student-athletes. As someone recently told me, “AEF does a lot.”

Enjoy your summer and thank you for your continued support of the Alameda Education Foundation.



Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Adopt a Classroom recipientAdopt A Classroom, Impact a Life

Editor’s Note: This year, AEF adopted a record number of 192 teachers through our Adopt A Classroom program, which provides $500 grants from the community directly to teachers. Many teachers provided feedback as to the impact the donations made on their classrooms. Below is one such story from Island High School history teacher, Robert Scofield. Mr. Scofield also runs a “Safe Spaces” group that meets to support LGBTQ youth and create a safe place for students to learn, thrive and explore some of the issues surrounding the LGBTQ community. Mr. Scofield was adopted by the Alameda Kiwanis Club.

Safe Spaces
by Robert Scofield, Island High School Teacher
When Safe Spaces was adopted, I took it to the group to see what they felt would be a good use for the donation. After lots of discussion, the students decided that they would like to use the money to address something that is a huge issue for the LGBTQ community, which is homelessness.

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AEF Announcements

DSC08988 (2)AEF Summer Camps – CHANGE IN LOCATION!

Due to renovation work that will be occurring at Haight Elementary over the summer, AEF’s summer camps are moving to Bay Farm School located at 200 Aughinbaugh Way.  We offer over 50 camps from June 26 through July 28, including half and full day camps for students in (completed) grades K – 8.  ARPD After Care is available after morning camps for students in grades K – 5 (pick up at Godfrey Park).

Camps include: Spanish, Mandarin, cooking, technology, arts, engineering writing, karate and more! Check out our flyer for all the details.

Prevent the student brain drain while introducing your child to new and fun learning experiences.  Register by clicking the blue “summer camps” button on the left.

Alameda's Sun KingsShake it Up, Baby!

Join us on July 4th, 3 – 5 PM, for the best Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings. They will be kicking off  South Shore’s Summer Beats concert series. AEF will be there selling wine and beer from Alameda Island Brewing Company. All proceeds benefit the  Equipped 4 Success school supply drive. Other Summer Beats concerts include Pride & Joy on July 29 from 5 – 7 PM and Pure Ecstasy on Aug. 12, 5 – 7 PM.



Alameda Running Festival 017Come Run the Island

Come Run the Island in the Alameda Running Festival on September 16 and 17, 2017. September 16th features a 5K run/walk and Family Fun Run/Walk.

Proceeds from Saturday’s events will benefit AEF sports and cross country programs and Alameda Meals on Wheels. Register soon for best prices! 


AEF Track and FieldTrack & Field Championships!  

Over 325 6th – 8th graders representing seven middle school programs participated in Track & Field this spring. Not only is this a record number of participants, but many meet records were also broken!  You can find links to results, records and photos on our AEF Track & Field website.




AEF college prep academySophomores and Juniors!

Register soon for AEF’s summer SAT and ACT “Crash Course Extended” programs. These courses are In-depth yet easy to approach for all learning styles and will give students the most effective way to learn Felix Prep’s unique and score-changing techniques in under a week. Students who took our spring program report that they not only improved their scores, but they had a lot of fun, too!  SAT course:  July 17 – 21.  ACT course:  July 24 – 28.

Click here for prices, registration and scholarship information.




SED_for_2017Saluting Our Educators!

We had a wonderful time honoring our teachers, volunteers and schools at this year’s Salute to Education event on April 21st!  Be sure to check out our photo album from the event.

Thank you to Al Wright for the photos and the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine for the wine donation.  Our “Top of the Class” sponsor was Tim Lewis Communities/Star Harbor.  Other sponsors were Alameda South Shore Center, Catellus/Alameda Landing, Frank Ghiglione/Rodgers Trucking Co., Pacific Union/Alameda, and State Farm Insurance/Team Kelly Lux.