Funds from the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive are used to purchase graphing calculators for Alameda public high schools.
Geometry can be challenging enough in itself. But imagine having to make calculations using a giant grid of trigonometry calculations and then using these calculations to multiply or divide to solve for a missing side length. Whew! It is surely as tedious as it sounds and it puts the emphasis on not making a math mistake rather than learning necessary geometry standards. But that is the case for many Alameda high school students who cannot afford to purchase graphing calculators, which retail for around $125 each.
However, thanks to the success of the summer Equipped 4 Success school supply drive, graphing calculators were purchased with funds from the drive and distributed to Alameda public high schools, including Alameda, Encinal and ASTI (Alameda Science and Technology Institute). These calculators will be available for students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own.
According to Encinal High School math teacher Zach Raher, “With these calculators I can even the playing field and provide a meaningful lesson rather than have students focus on the arduous task of decimal multiplication and division with the trig tables.” The calculators are used for classes in geometry, algebra II and above.
Equipped 4 Success was a community-wide collaborative school supply drive sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation; the Alameda Unified School District; the Alameda Point Collaborative; the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families. The drive collected backpacks and supplies to support low-income students served by these organizations. Over 900 stuffed backpacks were distributed prior to the start of school. Additional supplies have been distributed directly to local schools to support other students in need. Funds from this drive were used to purchase 30 graphing calculators.
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At the Sept. 11, 2012 Board of Education meeting, Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) president Bill Sonneman presented grants to Alameda High School and Encinal High School to support technology needs in the schools’ academic intervention programs.
The funds were generated by Power Up 4 Learning, a collaboration between AEF and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), that enables AMP customers to designate an amount to be added to their monthly power bill. AMP collects these donations and provides them to AEF to support technology needs at Alameda public schools.
“Power up 4 Learning is an easy and painless way to support Alameda schools,” explains Sonneman. For as little as $1.00 a month, AMP customers can cumulatively generate thousands of dollars for school technology needs.
“If just 10% of AMP customers donated $1.00 per month, we’d generate over $40,000 for technology needs; $5.00 per month would bring in over $200,000,” Sonneman says.
Technology can not only make it more interesting to learn, it can open up doors to learning for many students. This year’s grants will help students who need interventive support.
At Alameda High School, the funds will support Academic Enrichment classes, which support 9th and 10th graders in learning new academic strategies aimed at helping them achieve success in their core classes.
At Encinal High School it will support a series of classes including Academic Strategies, for Special Education students; Math Lab, aimed at students underperforming in math; Fusion, which helps students in reading and writing; and Advance, for students interested in excelling into Advanced Placement classes. The grants will be used by the high schools to purchase technology tools to support these programs.
Last year, over 2,500 students were supported with Power Up 4 Learning funds in areas such as reading intervention, science and math. Those stories can be found here.
More information and sign-ups for Power Up 4 Learning may be found on the Alameda Education Foundation website.
I’m writing to share with you the impact the Alameda Education Foundation has made on student success thanks to your support. Personally, I have witnessed teachers crying when receiving a $500 Adopt A Classroom with students cheering their teachers and watched the most exciting middle school basketball game ever when Lincoln and Wood competed for the A girls championship at the Boys & Girls Club. But the impact goes beyond that. Last year alone your support, both financial and in-kind, enabled the Alameda Education Foundation to:
- Adopt 90 classrooms at public traditional and charter schools across Alameda
- Provide Enrichment classes and camps to almost 3500 registrants
- Begin offering Summer Enrichment Camps
- Provide over $11,000 in Enrichment scholarships
- Supply over 300 filled backpacks for low-income students
- Provide after-school athletics for 400+ middle school students
- Distribute more than $35,000 to support music, art and drama
- Fund technology needs for 33 projects impacting over 3300 students
The impact we have made together is very beneficial to our students! I am also very excited about our goals for the 2012-2013 school year, which include:
- Expanding Enrichment programs into high school
- Increasing academic Enrichment classes in elementary and middle school
- Doubling the number of Enrichment scholarships
- Increasing Adopt A Classrooms to 130 classrooms
- Increasing the number of filled backpacks for low-income students to 800
- Increasing funding for student technology tools through Power Up 4 Learning by 150%
- Replacing much needed sports equipment and purchasing needed safety equipment for our middle school athletes.
- Continuing to grow our partnerships with our business community, non-profits, and our Alameda population at large
We could not do this without the generous support of the community, so my heartfelt thank you. We invite you to explore the AEF website to learn more details about our programs and how we are working together to support student success!
Bill Sonneman, President
SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS!
Adopt A Classroom
This year, the community adopted 78 classrooms! That’s $39,000 that went directly into the classroom to impact student learning through such things as field trips, purchasing of materials, and special project. This is a 40% increase over last year!
The 2010-2011 school year saw 2,237 registrations for AEF’s after-school Enrichment program where students participated in classes in art, music, foreign languages, creative writing, science and many other subjects. This is a 20% increase in participation over last year. On the horizon is an expansion of our enrichment program. Not only do we plan to expand the number of schools participating, we are looking at offering programs in the summer and on staff development days. We are also working on classes more academic in nature to be offered at the middle and high schools.
AEF distributed almost $9,000 in classroom mini-grants this year. These funds were for projects and resources that enhanced classroom learning in such areas as science, literature, media, math and leadership.
Middle School Sports
We had 192 student registered for Track & Field this spring. That’s up 30% from 2009 when we first began the program. In all, close to 400 6th – 8th graders participated in our after-school athletics program and benefited from the fitness, teamwork, and goal-setting, and self-discipline that organized sports offer. With a combined Nea/ACLC team that formed this spring, we now have all public middle schools represented in this program. This program receives no district funding – it is entirely up to community support.
School Supply Drive
Many students do not have the resources they need to be properly prepared for the first day of school. AEF collaborated with community partners last fall to supply these students with backpacks and school supplies. In all, we donated over $1000 in school supplies and collected over 400 backpacks to ensure that all Alameda students had the supplies they needed for success.
Visual and Performing Arts
Experiencing and creating works of art benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development and there is a strong relationship between the arts and academic achievement. This year, AEF distributed over $20,000 to music, art and drama support in our schools. We also undertook an instrument donation program to help fulfill some of the unmet needs in our music classes. With this fall’s All Together Now event on November 10th at the Alameda Theatre, we expect to bring in thousands more to support this core component of a well-rounded education.
There are probably some happy Alameda high school coaches these days.
The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) just completed the Middle School Track & Field Championships, and there is a lot of talent that will soon be moving to Alameda high schools.
“We had more students than ever before participate in track and field,” said AEF president Bill Sonneman.
In all, 192 students from Lincoln, Wood, and The Academy of Alameda middle schools and a combined team from Nea and Alameda Community Learning Centers signed up for track and field.
“At the first all-comers meet, we had 11 heats just in the 50 meter run!” said Sonneman.
Students train with their school teams, but they compete individually. “This creates a congenial and supportive atmosphere among the athletes,” said Sonneman, “and it supports participation from schools with different population numbers.”
The students compete in individual and relay running events as well as field events. This season, AEF held two all-comers events in which all athletes could participate, culminating in the championships held May 18 (for running) and May 24 (for field). Individual medals were awarded for the top three finishers in each division.
The program has produced some fine high school athletes who qualified for the Meet of Champions in Sacramento this year, won the shot put in the middle school championships two years ago.
AEF began the Track & Field program three years ago. The Foundation’s Middle School Sports program also includes co-ed volleyball in the fall and boys’ and girls’ basketball in the winter. Below are some highlights from the championships:
50 meter dash – Girls
8th grade division: 6.99, Kelley Desmond, Lincoln
1600 meter run – Girls
6th grade division: 6:19, Grace Taylor, Lincoln
1600 meter run – Boys
8th grade division: 5:23, Deep Singh, Wood
400 meter run – Girls
7th grade division: 1:07.6, Damiona Barbosa, Academy of Alameda
400 meter run – Boys
8th grade division: 59.4, Marcel Gelico, Wood
800 meter run – Boys
6th grade division: 2:40, Gavin Hill, Lincoln
4 x 100 Relay – Girls
6th grade division: 1:04.2 – Nea/ACLC
4 x 400 Relay – Girls
8th grade division: 5:09, Academy of Alameda
Shot Put – Boys
7th grade division: 31”, Ethan Ribera, Lincoln
8th grade division: 35’5”, Joe Hausner, Wood
Long Jump – Girls
6th grade division: 11’9”, Skylar Herrera-Ross, Nea/ACLC
Long Jump – Boys
8th grade division: 5’1-1/2”, Marcel Gelico, Wood