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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

Equipped 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. Alameda South Shore was again a strong community partner: beverage sales from their Summer Beats concerts benefited the drive and they provided space for sorting and packing the backpacks. Thank you to Alameda Island Brewing Company for the brew that was so popular at these concerts! Thank you to JanSport and the Family Giving Tree for donating backpacks. Bank of Marin sponsored the drive with their annual “Shred Day” and made a generous donation.

AEC Living purchased backpacks and supplies for 100 kindergarten – 1st grade student,s and their residents at Elders Inn and The Lodge enjoyed preparing them for the younger generation. The Alameda Chapter of the Bay East Association of Realtors shopped, collected and donated to support dozens of older students.

Community members from Alameda – and across California – supported the drive through generous donations of funds and supplies. Thank you to the Alameda Firefighters for hosting collection bins for supply donations. The Alameda Peeps rallied to support the cause. Many thanks to faith communities and social service organizations that provided volunteers, raised funds, and donated items.

AEF works with its community partners to identify students in need, including the AUSD McKinney-Vento program for homeless families, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Woodstock Child Development Center, DreamCatchers Youth Services, Girls Inc. of the Island City, and Operation Dignity. Each of these organizations then distributes to the students they serve. Over at the Alameda Point Collaborative, it’s become a full-scale party! Students shopped for their backpacks, police and firefighters came by to hang out, Girl Scout Troop 33064 organized games, My New Red Shoes handed out new shoes, Vision to Learn provided eye exams and glasses, and the Breath Mobile did asthma screenings while Calvary Church provided lunch and Cakes 4 Kids provided dessert.

And it all started with backpacks…and you. Thank you for supporting the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive and creating the partnerships and collaborations that have bloomed into helping our students in so many aspects of their lives.

AEF Equipped for Success

Safe Spaces

by Robert Scofield, Island High School Teacher

Adopt a Classroom recipientWhen 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.  Unfortunately, many youth in the LGBTQ community are not accepted by their families when they choose to come out, so their homes are no longer a safe place for them.  Having experienced some of this opposition firsthand, our students were eager to help those struggling with a similar situation.  When I contacted Dreamcatcher Youth Services, they were enthusiastic about having our students come to volunteer.  Over the course of several meetings, students planned out a meal to prepare, as well as other ways to contribute such as creating “survival kits” with necessary toiletry items for homeless teens.  Ultimately we had 7 students from Island participate; cooking and serving food, putting together survival kits, as well as just hanging out and getting to know some of the teens and volunteers at the shelter.  Here are some of the reactions of the Island students who participated:

“It was a great experience to be a part of something greater, especially knowing that they are teens just like us.”  -Josh A.

“Dreamcatcher is a nice, comfortable, open-minded spot.  It’s great to see that people in need are being helped.” – Reverie S.

“Volunteering at Dreamcatcher was a really nice experience.  It made me feel so good to be doing something productive and getting to know the people there.  I’d love to go back!” – Taia B.

When we arrived, the staff at Dreamcatcher were extremely grateful for our generous donation of food and supplies.  As we were leaving, the staff once again expressed their gratitude, commenting on how well behaved and helpful our students were throughout the process.  I was extremely proud of the way our students positively represented Island High School and the Alameda Unified School District as a whole.  Overall, this was a great experience for everyone at Dreamcatcher, as well as an amazing opportunity for our students to give back and connect with the community.

Art Across the Island

Art Across the IslandHaight Elementary School students Christina, Laura and Enna put the finishing touches on their italian marbled paper, which was on display display as part of the Alameda Education Foundation’s “Art Across the Island” project.  “Art Across the Island” is a two-year project that will feature visual and literary art produced by Alameda public school students.  Artwork can be seen at various venues throughout Alameda from October 2017 – April 2018.

According to Pam Riley Chang, the foundation’s chair of Visual and Performing Arts, the goal is to display art from students representing every Alameda public school.

“Art Across the Island” is a partnership of the foundation with Alameda public school teachers, school art docents, the Alameda Free Library – Bay Farm and West End branches, AGL Collective, Alameda Art Lab, Books Inc, Cookiebar Creamery, Lilac Dress Boutique, Modern Mouse and Rhythmix Cultural Works.  “Both students and the public both benefit when artwork and creative writing is on display,” added Chang.

Art education is a core component of the foundation’s mission to support learning opportunities for Alameda public school students.  In addition to the arts, the foundation supports and manages programs in athletics, technology, college prep programs, and dozens of enrichment classes and camps.

“Wonderful art is being created in our class rooms and Art Across the Island gives Alamedans a chance to see student art (and, yes, some literature) in a gallery setting. Our local small businesses and the two branch libraries are enthusiastic supporters of this program and I can’t thank them enough. Lastly, art teachers and art docents have been thrilled to see work that is produced in other public schools and I am looking forward to an event where those of us who have helped produce art for this program get to share our ideas.” Pam Riley Change, AEF Visual and Performing Arts Chair