School may not have been in session this summer, but the Alameda Education Foundation and the Alameda community have been very busy with events and activities supporting student success!
School Supply Drive
Our school supply drive for needy students continues through August 27th. You can help ensure that all students start the year off right by making sure they have the supplies they need for the start of school. Our goal is to have 880 backpacks filled with essential school supplies by the first day of school, August 29th. Complete details of items needed and drop-off locations may be found here.
We are also accepting musical instruments as part of our School Supply Drive. And on that note, on August 27th South Shore Center will be hosting a Songwriters Workshop & Jam Session. AEF will be collecting instruments during the concert that evening from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Click here for more details about the workshop.
Shop for School, Shop 4 Education
Back to school often means shopping and AEF has many wonderful shopping opportunities for you, all of which benefit Alameda public schools. Need a stylish handbag? Want to learn how to ensure your child eats a healthy lunch? Looking to refinance your mortgage or perhaps even purchase a home? Then check our Shop 4 Education Marketplace to learn about all sorts of different shopping opportunities, all of which benefit AEF support of Alameda public schools.
A couple upcoming highlights include a Hobo handbag trunk sale at Lilac Boutique on August 25th and the launch of Lunch Wars, a book about healthy school lunches,at Books Inc. on September 22nd. Both events will donate a percentage of proceeds to AEF. Who knew shopping could be so philanthropic?
AEF Boardmember Diana Kenney has been a real school hero this summer, leading an extreme makeover for Encinal High School. Diana and well over a hundred volunteers – mostly students – spent the summer transforming the campus into a beautiful outside environment that will enhance Jet pride and student learning. You can read the full article here. Thank you, Diana! You make us all proud.
Summer Thank Yous
Many of our local businesses are also heroes for their work on behalf of Alameda schools. Thank you to the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex for hosting the Summer Movie Series for children, the proceeds of which were donated to AEF. Thank you to Daisy’s and Bank of Alameda for helping with this fundraiser by serving as ticket outlets.
Thank you Kirk Cowan and the Harbor Bay Club for hosting the kick-off event for All Together Now on July 3rd. This event raised vital funds for music, art and drama in our schools.
Thank you Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) for partnering with us on Power Up 4 Learning, which enables AMP customers to support Alameda schools via their utility bill. Thanks to this program, AEF recently received over $8,000, which will be used directly for teacher support through AEF’s Teacher Mini-Grant program.
Thank you to Alameda Girl Scout Troop 31532 for partnering with AEF on the School Supply Drive and to South Shore Center for hosting a booth for the Drive during their concert series this summer and to Peter’s Kettle Corn for donating proceeds from popcorn sells to this important cause. Many, many businesses have participated in the School Supply Drive by hosting donation bins. Please click here (link) for a complete list of these generous businesses and organizations!
Save the Dates
As fall approaches, please mark your calendars for these fun fundraising events:
Bill Sonneman, AEF President