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Supporting Student Success!

Alameda Education Foundation president Bill Sonneman thanks the community for their support and shares recent successes and future goals of the Foundation.

With the 2011-2012 school year behind us and the new one about to begin, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its support of the Alameda Education Foundation. Personally, I have witnessed teachers crying when receiving a $500 Adopt A Classroom grant 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 community 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 3,500 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 3,300 students through our Power Up 4 Learning program

The impact is very beneficial to our students!  I am also very excited to announce our goals for the 2012-2013 school year, which include:

  • Increasing Adopt A Classrooms by almost 50 percent to 130 classrooms
  • Expanding Enrichment programs into high school
  • Increasing academic Enrichment classes in elementary and middle school
  • Doubling the number of Enrichment scholarships
  • Increasing the number of filled backpacks for low-income students to 800
  • Replacing much needed sports equipment and purchasing needed safety equipment for our middle school athletes
  • Increasing funding by 150 percent for student technology tools through Power Up 4 Learning
  • 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 visit the AEF website at www.alamedaeducation.org  to learn more details about our programs and how we are working together to support student success!

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