Tom* was having trouble convincing his middle school aged son John* that focusing on his studies was important, but when John had to miss the opening basketball game of the Alameda Education Foundation’s Middle School Sports program due to poor grades, it sunk in. The Foundation’s coaches and athletic director put together a plan to enable John to get his grades up and keep playing. Not only did John make the grades to complete the basketball season, he has kept his grades up ever since. John considers the point he scored in the basketball championships to be the happiest sports moment of his life. And his dad considers our Middle School Sports program “instrumental in helping me show John how important grades are in school and in life.”
Ruth* thanked us for enabling her daughter to participate in one of our Enrichment summer camps (a cooking camp) on scholarship. “Julie* had a wonderful time that week and I was stunned by the food she brought home. I really appreciate all the help we got this summer. Hopefully life will continue to improve but I’m grateful that the kids had such a wonderful summer thanks to people and organizations like you.”
The Alameda Education Foundation offers Alameda K – 12 public school students the opportunities to learn and grow academically, athletically, creatively and socially. Our focus on equity and innovation helps improve the quality and variety of educational opportunities for Alameda’s 10,000+ students.
Our Adopt A Classroom program has already generated $56,000 this year for 112 classroom teachers. We give 100% of each $500 Adopt A Classroom donation to teachers, absorbing all administrative costs. Teachers have purchased musical instruments, books and technology with the funds and tell us how appreciative they are of having the flexibility and freedom on how to spend the funds.
Over 500 student-athletes are playing sports and learning about the importance of doing well in the classroom through our year-round after school Middle School Sports program. Close to 4500 students participated in after school and summer camp Enrichment classes and programs last year. Over $17,000 in scholarships were given to Sports and Enrichment participants.
We have launched a Counseling component to our Enrichment program that includes Incoming Freshman Information Nights and Sophomore Counseling with students and their parents to help ensure that students start and stay on track for high school graduation and post-graduation plans. This spring we will offer College Finances 101 information sessions to help families make informed decisions about college expenses and financial packages. All of these Counseling programs are free for students and families.
This summer we plan to launch High School Credit Classes, a program that was lost several years ago due to State budget shortfalls. We will also collaborate again with other Alameda organizations to run a community wide school supply drive, Equipped 4 Success, to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for Alameda’s low-income students.
Now I’m asking for your help as we continue to grow these valuable programs for Alameda students across the Island. Your support enables us to focus our time and energy on developing and growing programs that enhance learning opportunities for our students and help keep our Alameda schools strong and thriving.
Your contribution helps students like John learn the value of education while building pride in his sports accomplishments and enables students like Julie to participate in enrichment learning opportunities that would otherwise not be experienced. In fact, your contribution will make an impact on thousands of Alameda public school students. Please consider a year-end tax-deductible donation today and join us in “Supporting Student Success“!
Bill Sonneman, President
November is the month when we think about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. We at the Alameda Education Foundation have much to be thankful for.
1. I am very thankful that Diane Foster and Kathy Moehring have joined our Board of Directors! They bring experience, expertise and a commitment to our students. Welcome Diane and Kathy!
2. We have moved to our new offices in Historic Alameda High. Our new address is 2200 Central Avenue, Suite B, although our mailing address remains PO Box 1363. We are very pleased and wish to thank AUSD for their help and support with this move.
3. I am thrilled to report that we have learned we will be receiving a $50,000 donation from VF Outdoor. VF Outdoor moved their Action and Outdoor Sports headquarters to Alameda recently. These brands include Jansport, North Face, Lucy, Smartwool, Timberland, Eaglecreek, Vans and Reefs. This is the biggest single grant in our history and it will make a huge impact on thousands of Alameda public school students.
4. I am thankful to all the generous donors who made October the biggest Adopt A Classroom month ever with 66 adoptions. A kindergarten student when hearing her teacher received the money said very loudly, “Oh my goodness!” A veteran teacher adopted for the first time may have been the most thrilled of all. Another teacher saw me come in the door and yelled “Money!” We are well on our way towards our goal of 150 adoptions for the 2013-2014 school year, although we wish we could adopt every single teacher. I am always thankful for our Adopt A Classroom chair and presentation sidekick, Kathie Woulfe.
5. Thank you to our long-time friends, the Alameda Kiwanis Club, for their grant supporting the Adopt A Classroom program.
6. Our volleyball season is wrapping up with playoffs and championships the week prior to Thanksgiving break. Thanks to our Athletic Director, Marty Garchar, for coordinating this program that over the course of the year includes participation from almost 600 student-athletes representing seven schools. Registration for basketball tryouts begins Nov. 11th at 9 AM and closes Nov. 18th! All students interested in trying out for basketball must register online. Visit www.AlamedaEducation.org and click on the blue “” button. More information is here.
7. Our Enrichment program continues to grow with innovative learning opportunities for our students in movie making, “coding,” languages, the arts and much more. This winter we will sponsor one-on-one counseling with students and their parents to help ensure students are on track for graduation and post-graduation plans. In the spring we have our Information Night for Incoming Freshmen and will be launching Paying for College 101 information sessions to help families make informed decisions about college expenses and financial packages. I am proud of these programs that help promote not only opportunities, but equity for all students across the Island.
Finally, thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of the Alameda Education Foundation. Together, we are supporting learning opportunities, innovation and equity for Alameda’s 10,000 public school students. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
As we head into the busy Fall season of the school year, I find myself so proud of the Alameda Education Foundation programs we are supporting – with your help – that help fulfill our motto of “Supporting Student Success.”
Adopt A Classroom
In September we presented 38 teachers with Adopt A Classroom $500 grants and in October that number looks to be 56 more. In two months, we are almost two-thirds of the way towards our goal of 150 adoptions – equaling $75,000 – for the 2013-2014 school year! These adoptions enable teachers to use the funds immediately and with no strings attached to support their unique classroom situation. Teachers have told us they “love how easy the whole program is for teachers,” and how they “like being able to choose what the money is used for based on student needs.”
We especially appreciate “open” or undirected donations that we can give to teachers most in need who may not have the same access to resources as teachers at more affluent schools. You can help us support these teachers by…shopping! Several Park Street businesses are having a shopping night on October 22nd and donating a portion of sales to Adopt A Classroom. Please see this flyer for more information. Of course, you may also Adopt A Classroom yourself here.
It may be a little late for you and me, but if you have a student with the dream of being a rock star, we’ve got your ticket. The Alameda RockShop is a unique and exciting after-school rock band program now available to middle school and high school students across Alameda through our Enrichment program. Musicians and singers will learn songs, rehearse in bands, develop their performance skills and play big session-ending concerts! RockShop is on Thursdays, 4:30 – 7 PM at 400 Grand Street (ACLC campus) beginning Nov. 7th and going through Feb. 20th. Check out this page for more info!
I’m particularly excited about one of our new City-wide Enrichment programs this fall – the Alameda Asteroids Cross Country Club for middle schoolers. This group had their first cross country meet with 17 other middle schools a couple weeks ago. The kids had so much fun and “were just beaming” at the end, according to the coaches. And our 8th grade girls came in 2nd place!
Our “Swing Kids” dance group performed at Everything Alameda on Sept. 28th and put on a fantastic show. Check out the video here.
The “Swing Kids” Tap (10 – 11am) and Swing (11am – 12pm) classes are still enrolling. Classes are every Saturday morning at the Alameda High Dance Studio. To enroll click here. The classes are listed under the Alameda Wide programs. Classes are for grades 1-8, $50/session.
Digs and Kills
No, we’re not getting violent, just talking about our Fall Volleyball season underway now at our middle schools. Our Volleyball program has grown to include 6 B teams and 5 A teams with about 150 student-athletes participating. Check out the full schedule here. We’d like to offer a special thank you to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame for a grant that enabled us to purchase essential volleyball equipment for our program!
Help Make Wood School More Beautiful
Supervisor Wilma Chan is a great supporter of Alameda schools. In fact, her generous donation to Equipped 4 Success was essential to enabling us to reach our goal of supplying 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income students. Supervisor Chan will be hosting a work day to help with landscaping at Wood School, 420 Grand St., on Saturday, Oct. 19th from 10 AM – 4 PM. Food, refreshments and children’s activities will be provided! As a former principal of Wood, I look forward to lending a hand and hope you will join me. RSVP to Karina.Rivera@acgov.org or just come on down!
Mark your calendar for April 25, 2014, Salute to Education, Alameda’s premier event celebrating public education. Look for details at the beginning of the year.
Again, thank you for your supporting the Alameda Education Foundation and Alameda’s 10,000+ public school students!
Welcome Back!! School is in full swing and so are many programs run by the Alameda Education Foundation.
Sports! Our middle school sports league kicks off this month with Volleyball! Registration is happening now for all 6th – 8th graders who attend one of Alameda’s public schools. To register, go to www.AlamedaEducation.org and click the blue “Sports” button. This fall our program has grown to include teams based at the Academy of Alameda, ACLC/Nea, Bay Farm (B team only), Jr. Jets, Lincoln and Wood. Get ready for an exciting season! Online registration ends Monday, September 9th at 5:00 PM!
Enrichment: We have wonderful new classes at our school sites this fall. In addition, we are thrilled to be offering Alameda wide classes for elementary, middle and high school students in the arts, sciences, languages and technology. Check out the following new programs!
- Showtime Theater play program (Gr. 1-8)
- Elementary and Middle School Band (Gr. 4-5, Gr. 6-8)
- Tap and Swing Dance (Gr. 1-8)
- Violin and String Orchestra (Gr. 1-5)
- Computer Programming (Gr. 6-8)
- Movie Making (Gr. 3-5, Gr. 6-8)
- RockShop Alameda rock band (Gr. 6-12)
- Alameda Asteroids Cross Country running club (Gr. 6-8)
- Mandarin (Gr. 1-7)
To find more, or to register, click here. Once you are in the registration area click on the “Alameda Wide” button.
We are also launching a couple very valuable high school counseling programs in the Spring – more information to come! Many thanks to our Enrichment Director, Sarah Olaes, who is helping to bring these marvelous learning opportunities for our students!
Adopt A Classroom: Last year we were thrilled to direct $66,000 in Adopt A Classroom donations to Alameda teachers. This year we plan to do more and are off to a good start with many adoptions already coming in. Thank you! These donations provide direct support to our classrooms in a way decided best – by the classroom teachers. We encourage “open” (undirected) donations to enable us to help teachers across our Island who are most in need. Click here to make an Adopt A Classroom donation today!
Equipped 4 Success: Yesterday I helped deliver the final batches of backpacks filled with school supplies to Alameda schools. Prior to the start of school, over 800 filled backpacks were distributed to support low-income students served by the Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) McKinney-Vento homeless program, Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Alameda Head Start, and Girls Inc. of the Island City. In total, 1,000 students who needed our help received backpacks to help them be prepared for success in the classroom at the start of school!
Many contributed to the success of this drive. I would like to thank our community partners: AUSD; Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families (ACCYF); APC; Alameda Boys & Girls Club; Alameda Head Start; and Girls Inc. of the Island City. In addition to our community partners, I would like to thank the following for their generous support: Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda South Shore Center, Alameda Office Max, Alameda Rotary Club, Alameda Kiwanis Club, Harbor Bay Club, Alameda Social Club, Kaiser Permanente Imaging Group (Oakland), Park Street Business Association, The Family Giving Tree, Alameda Community Fund; Christ Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Twin Towers Lutheran Church, Alameda Police Manager’s Association, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Sharmaine Moody and Lincoln Middle School, the many local businesses and organizations that hosted donation bins and helped us with sorting and packing, the many generous individuals who made donations of funds and supplies, Jim Franz from ACCYF, Luana Espana from APC, and Thelma Garvey from Head Start. A special thanks to our Community Outreach Director, Vicki Sedlack, who was instrumental in organizing the drive.
Looking Ahead: I look forward to another positive year for the ED Foundation as we continue to support student success in the Alameda public schools and public charters. Our Board and staff wish the students and staff all the best during the 2013-14 school year and beyond. Thank you to those who have responded to our Summer and Welcome Back letters with contributions. We welcome your support any time to help us carry out our mission.
With the 2012-2013 school year wrapped up (and new year about to begin!), I’m writing to share with you the impact the Alameda Education Foundation made on student success, thanks to your support. Personally, I’ve heard from parents “thrilled” that their children have learned how to design their own video games in our Enrichment computer programming camp. I’ve witnessed the value of our Middle School Sports program’s academic tie-in that, as one parent put it, “helps me show my son how important grades are in school and in life.” And I continue to enjoy making teachers smile – and sometimes cry – when I present them with $500 Adopt A Classroom donations.
These are just a few examples of the enormous difference we have made – with your support – for thousands of Alameda public school students. In the 2012-2013 school year we were able to:
- Adopt 132 classrooms at public traditional and charter schools across Alameda – that’s $66,000 directly into the classrooms!
- Provide Enrichment classes and camps to 3303 registrants
- Offer Information Nights for incoming freshmen and their parents
- Provide after-school athletics for 540+ middle school students
- Fund technology needs for high school academic enrichment programs for 500+ at-risk students
- Provide over $17,000 in scholarships for our Enrichment and Middle School Sports participants
- Fund/Process $9,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors
- Collaborate with other Alameda non-profits to run Equipped 4 Success, a community wide school supply drive, that supported over 800 low-income students
The impact we have made together is very beneficial to our students! I am also very excited about our goals for the 2013-2014 school year, which include:
- Increasing Adopt A Classrooms to 150 – $75,000 directly into the classrooms
- Growing the number of “district wide” and middle school Enrichment classes to reach more students with vital learning opportunities in the arts, academics and athletics
- Sponsoring a one-on-one counseling program for Alameda’s approximately 700 sophomores to make sure they are on track for graduation and college
- Offering “for credit” high school summer classes
- Adding Bay Farm 6th & 7th graders and Encinal Jr. Jets to our Middle School Sports program
- Replacing much needed sports equipment and purchasing needed safety equipment for our middle school student-athletes.
- Increasing the number of students serve by Equipped 4 Success to 1000+
- Continuing to grow our partnerships with the business community, non-profits, and the 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 Foundation website to learn more about our programs. Let’s continue to work together to support student success in the coming school year!