Thanks for making voter forums success

In the month of October, the Alameda League of Women Voters offered four nonpartisan local forums leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

These included forums for candidates for City Council, School Board, Hospital Board, state Assembly and a pros and cons forum on the state ballot measures and on Measure D. We wish to thank all candidates for attending our forums and offering valuable voter education to attending citizens

Citizens were given the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, which deepened understanding of candidates' concerns and priorities. With candidates being willing to stay afterward and individually discuss concerns and thoughts with attendees, we had many in-depth and lively conversations.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization advocating voter education and advocacy. We certainly hope we fulfilled the wishes of Alameda citizens by offering up these forums. Again, we thank the candidates and citizens who attended and hope that our efforts resulted in educated and thoughtful voting this election year.

Our other election season activities included the distribution of hundreds of our EasyVoter Guides, maintaining of our voter education website with current voter information at www.smartvoter.org and giving mini pro-and-con sessions to many local organizations. We also stock the voter registration form boxes at our libraries and post office branches.

If you would like to learn more about the League or become a member -- the League is open to all men and women -- visit alameda.ca.lwvnet.org. Join us.

Gayle Thomas

membership chair League of Women Voters of Alameda

Kudos for helping fitness program

On behalf of Alameda High School's strength and conditioning program, I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the Harbor Bay Club, Russ Goodman (Iron Island) and Chipman Warehousing.

Over the past year, Goodman and the Harbor Bay Club have graciously donated numerous pieces of weight lifting equipment to the program, while Chipman donated a lift gate truck for transportation of the equipment.

As we all know, funding for many school activities has become increasingly difficult to obtain, which makes donations such as these greatly appreciated.

The strength and conditioning program is open to all Alameda High School students, which means that the generosity of Goodman, the Harbor Bay Club and Chipman benefits each and every student.

I commend these local businesses for their generous contributions. We now have a truly amazing weight room to be proud of.

Mark Ruckman

Strength and Conditioning Coach Alameda High School

Adopt A Classroom donors appreciated

The Alameda Education Foundation's Adopt A Classroom empowers Alameda public school teachers by providing $500 donations directly to classroom teachers.

The Foundation has set a goal of 130 Adopt A Classroom donations for the 2012-2013 school year. I'm happy to report that as of November 2012, we have reached 70 percent of our goal.

Thank you to the following donors:

2012-2013 Bay Farm Families; Savannah & Jessica Wong and The Tamaoki Family; Savannah & Jessica Wong; The Dao Family; The Tamaoki Family & the 2012-2013 Bay Farm Families; Savannah & Jessica Wong and the 2012-2013 Bay Farm Families; The Yehs; An Earhart family in honor of Mr. Wolf's passion, teaching methodology & Midas touch to kids life; Ms. Corpuz 2012-2013 The Kindergarten Class; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Enrique Del Campo; Families of Ms. Thomas 2012-2013 Kindergarten Classroom; Families of Dr. Arbreton's 2012-2013 Kindergarten Classroom; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Michael Alessio; the families of Ms. Twite's 2012-2013 second-grade classroom; the families of Ms. Garnica's 2012-2013 fourth- and fifth-grade classes; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Gunnar Ostergren; the family of Jack Toyama; the families of the 2012-2013 Lincoln Middle Middle School band program; Alameda Education Foundation in honor of AUSD's 2012 Teacher of the Year; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Sylvia Kahn; in honor of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon; the Higuchi family; the Kruger-Do family; the Casper-Iron and the Roemer-Buckner Families; the Seiberling family and the Wells Fargo Foundation; the James Irvine Foundation on behalf of employee Agana Moreno; the family of Malcolm Fooks; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Kate Rockwell; Janine Boehm; families of Ms. Collins' 2012-2013 class and the Palmer family; Alameda Credit Union; the Eyestone family; the parents of Ms. Bianchi's 2012-2013 fourth-grade Class; and Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Michael Alessio.

Adoptions were made at the following schools: Alameda High, Bay Farm, Earhart, Edison, Encinal High, Franklin, Haight, Lincoln Middle, Lum, Maya Lin, Nea, Otis, Paden, Ruby Bridges, and Wood Middle.

AEF is actively seeking additional Adopt A Classroom donations. Undirected donations that do not specify a teacher are especially encouraged and will be directed to teachers most in need throughout Alameda. To make a donation, please visit www.alamedaeducation.org.

As always, thank you. We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Kathleen C. Woulfe

Adopt A Classroom chair Alameda Education Foundation