My favorite part of being president of the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) is making people smile, like when I walk into a classroom to make an Adopt A Classroom presentation and the kids are cheering and the teacher is smiling – sometimes crying – from joy.
But sometimes I’m the one who does the smiling thanks to the great stories I hear. A few weeks back I was making a presentation about AEF to the Rotary Club and I shared this story: Years ago when I was principal at Encinal High School, one of my students, Kate Rockwell, received a Rotary grant to start a school book club during lunch. Kate went on to graduate from Encinal and UC Davis and now works for Perforce Software here in Alameda. Perforce provides each employee with funds to donate to charity. Kate decided to give back by adopting her former Encinal High English teacher, Mr. Kahane. Mr. Kahane used part of the gift to purchase books for an after-school class for African American boys taught by Dexter Moore (also a former student of mine) and the rest to purchase tickets for his students to see Les Miserables. Out of this one act of generosity that began a dozen or so years ago with a Rotary grant came many other acts that have positively impacted dozens of student lives. This makes me smile.
Another reason to smile is AEF’s upcoming Salute to Education event on April 19th, 6 – 9 pm, at Rock Wall Wine Company. Every K-12 school in Alameda will be sharing an innovative program that their school is doing and honoring a volunteer. The programs and volunteers are highlighted on posters throughout the venue and in the event program. Guests can mingle and network while enjoying fabulous food catered by Alameda’s own Cafe Q , wine from local vintners along with other beverages, and fabulous music provided by the Alameda and Encinal High School jazz bands. There will also be a raffle featuring the newest ipad mini and other prizes. Advance tickets are just $30 and can be purchased online or at Cafe Q (2302 Encinal Ave.). Tickets at the door are $40. All tickets include one drink ticket and a commemorative glass, with additional drink tickets for sale for $5 each. Proceeds from the event will help support AEF’s Adopt A Classroom, Middle School Sports, and Enrichment scholarship programs. Thank you to our sponsors: Cafe Q, South Shore, Rock Wall Wine Company! I sincerely hope you will join us and show your support for public education!
In other program news, after an exciting basketball season our Middle School Sports track program is beginning with the first all-comers meet on April 24th (running events) and April 25th (field events). A complete schedule may be found here.
Registration has begun for Summer Enrichment Camp. We have some very exciting camps, such as aviation, NASA science, Mandarin, Spanish, architecture, computer programming, art, drama and much more. All of our camps feature small class sizes to maximize learning, so register early! AEF is also partnering with Alameda Recreation & Parks to offer after care. Check out the complete camp brochure here and register online at www.alamedaeducation.org. Summer camps are for students who have completed Kindergarten – 12th Grade and are open to all students.
Finally, please join us on April 5th at Angela’s for Friday Night Flights, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 2301 Central Avenue, Alameda. Get two glasses of wine for a $10 donation. All proceeds benefit AEF.
Thank you for all your continued support!
The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) is pleased to announce the recent election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Timothy N. Coffey, Nancy O’Malley and George Phillips. “AEF is honored to welcome these new members,” said Bill Sonneman, AEF Board President. “Each brings unique expertise and experience that will help our foundation continue to increase its impact on educational opportunities for Alameda public school students. We are so pleased that these exceptional leaders will offer their guidance, leadership and passion for youth to our board.”
Tim Coffey is Vice President of Research for FIG Partners, an employee owned broker/dealer specializing in financial institutions. Coffey is a father of two pre-schoolers who will be attending Alameda public schools. “My wife and I were very impressed with the Alameda Education Foundation and believe it should be a priority for us.” Coffey bring expertise in entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing/public relations.
Nancy O’Malley is the Alameda County District Attorney. O’Malley brings a passion for “empowering youth” and has a “high priority of keeping youth in school and reducing chronic absenteeism”. O’Malley will bring a wealth of expertise in administration/management, government, law, public policy, and strategic planning.
George Phillips is the former Executive Director of the Alameda Boys and Club and wants to continue to support Alameda youth. “My 20 years of experience working with youth in Alameda has given me a passion to continue and skills to offer something of value to the school system.” He brings expertise in administration/management, fundraising, government, marketing/public relations, non-profit management/governance, and strategic planning.
The mission of the non-profit Alameda Education Foundation, which was established in 1982, is to engage the community, raise funds and coordinate programs to support and enhance the quality of K-12 public education in Alameda. Key AEF programs include Adopt A Classroom, which provides $500 grants to teachers; Enrichment, which serves approximately 4500 students per year with after school classes, non-student day camps and summer camps; and Middle School Sports. AEF is also a collaborating partner on Equipped 4 Success, a community-wide school supply drive. AEF programs serve over 10,000 K-12 Alameda public school students.
On June 19th, AEF president Bill Sonneman was recognized for the Rotary’s Club “Service Beyond Self” grant for “Exemplary Leadership” for his work with AEF. In his honor, a grant of $500 is being made in Bill’s name to AEF. Bill was unable to attend the presentation, so it took quite a few of us to take his place. Pictured from left to right are AEF Board members Anne DeBardeleben, Judy Blank and Gary Blank; AEF Community Outreach Director Vicki Sedlack; and Rotary Club Community Service Director Phil Holt.
Alameda and Encinal High School Receive Awards to Support Graduation Nights for Students: Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) Board member Steve McAdam presents a $500 check to Manya Morris, chair of Alameda High School’s grad night committee, on behalf of the CognexFoundation. The award supports Cognex’s “Play Hard” corporate giving program, which supports community recreation, celebration and fun. Encinal High School’s grad night committee also received an award.
AEF facilitates grant opportunities for Alameda public schools as part of its TeacherandClassroomSupport mission.
AEF is pleased to be able to help Alameda high school students enjoy a safe and fun graduation night.
Thank you to Cognex and congratulations to Alameda and Encinal High Schools!
The Historic Alameda Theatre
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30 – 10:00 pm
Tickets are $50 on the day of the show, 6:30pm at the door.
The evening features The Sun Kings, joined by Alameda student musicians who will perform The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Pete Fletcher’s Hand-Picked Oldies Dance Party, with special guest appearances by the nationally acclaimed a cappella group Talk of the Town and Alameda’s own Dance 10 dancers. For more information click here.