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Bill Sonneman, President of the Alameda Education Foundation, discusses news of the Foundation and shares the benefits of collaboration.

It is always an exciting time as the new school year begins. As a former school principal, we often developed a theme for the school year. Now that I'm president of the Alameda Education Foundation, we've developed one as well — collaboration.

For example, this summer we collaborated with several organizations to run a community-wide school supply drive called Equipped 4 Success that filled over 900 backpacks with school supplies for Alameda students.  You can read about here on the .

Our Enrichment program has always depended upon the collaboration of the school district and charter schools in order to provide the space for classes and camps.  Last summer, thanks to this collaboration, we were able to offer Summer Camps for the first time and had over 400 participants! This fall, we will be collaborating with the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department to offer extended day care for our camp programs.  We have many exciting after-school Enrichment classes this fall at both the elementary and middle school levels, as well as non-student day camps.  Please visit here to learn about all our Enrichment After School and Camp opportunities.

Our Middle School Sports program also depends on collaboration.  Volleyball kicks off later this month and we are fortunate to have players from the Alameda High Men’s Volleyball team (who compete in the spring) serve as referees for our matches.  We also work with the Boys and Girls Club to hold the playoffs and championships in their new gym.  Stay tuned to our website for details on upcoming schedules.

Power Up 4 Learning is another vital collaboration, this time with Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).  This program enables AMP customers to designate an amount to be added to their monthly power bill, which is then collected to support technology needs at our schools. Technology can accelerate, enrich and deepen basic skills for students as well as be motivational and engaging. This program makes it easy to support technology with as little as $1 per month. AEF has established a goal this year of 125 new Power Up 4 Learning donors.  Please consider helping our students Power Up 4 Learning by signing up here.

Last, but far from least, one of our longest running collaborations is with Bank of Alameda with our Adopt A Classroom (AAC) program.  AAC directs $500 donations to Alameda public school K-12 classroom teachers or program leaders who use the funds to enhance learning opportunities for their students.   This program makes a direct and vital impact on student learning.  You may make learn more about the program and make an adoption here

Coming Up!  Speaking of collaboration, we have some wonderful business partners in Alameda. Be sure to check out these events: 

Thursday, September 13th, from 4 – 8 PM - Lilac Boutique - The debut of Lilac’s Men’s Collection featuring designers such as AG Denim, Goorin Brothers Hats, Aviators, Jacks and Jokers and more.  Ladies can enjoy the 2nd annual Hobo Handbag Trunk Sale!  Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go to Alameda Education Foundation!

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM - Books Inc. - Come celebrate the 75th anniversary edition of The Hobbit with a special birthday for our little friend.

I am thankful for all the collaborative efforts during the past school year and in the summer. As we enter the 2012-2013 we look to enhance those collaborative efforts and create more. I am hopeful and very optimistic that this school year will be a rewarding and positive experience for students and employees. Thank you again for your continued support.


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