Barbecue at Lum school set for this Sunday

A new tradition at the Donald Lum Elementary School will begin this year with a "Back to School BBQ" on Sunday.

The school's PTA is hosting the event, which will take place on the playground between 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

The school is at 1801 Sandcreek Way.

Kiwanis offering grants to help nonprofits

Alameda Kiwanis is accepting applications from those wishing to receive a financial grant from its foundation program.

Kiwanis distributes the grants annually to nonprofit organizations and schools.

Grants are made mostly to organizations that serve the Alameda community and are not political. The organizations must be tax-exempt and comply with federal, state and local laws.

The grant request form is available on wwwalamedakiwanis.org.

Submissions must be postmarked by Sept. 30.

For information, check the website or call 510-764-1492.

AHS launches program to help freshmen

Some 400 freshmen at Alameda High School began the school year by "linking" with 94 juniors and seniors in the school's first-ever Link Day on Aug. 30.

The program, coordinated by Leadership Teacher Allen Nakamura, PE Teacher Joe Pearse and Dean of Students Eric Shawn, featured activities designed to get the freshmen pumped up to start high school.

The freshmen were divided into small groups led by an older "link crew" and each participated in team-building activities. The goal was to have to the freshmen build a strong relationship with the older students and learn strategies for being successful in high school.

The mentoring will continue throughout the school year with classroom visits, tutoring and other activities.

"We believe that with the implementation of this program we will see a decrease in freshman disciplinary issues, truancy, and tardiness," Shawn said, "as well as an increase in the number of freshman participants in clubs, sports and student activities."

A similar program is offered at Encinal High School, where last month more than 250 freshmen took part in peer mentoring, a barbecue and a school tour on their orientation day.

Poster marks Hornet's 70th anniversary

Sam Luu, an illustrator and graphic designer, has won a contest to create a poster to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the USS Hornet.

The Hornet museum partnered with the Department of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University for the contest, which called for students to incorporate the aircraft carrier's history into their artwork.

Luu's poster uses graphic and photo media and features an Apollo spacecraft, Navy sailors and the words "Bay Area" to recognize the Hornet's home port of Alameda.

Museum vistors voted on the poster as part of the contest and Luu received 40 votes of the 82 cast.

The other finalists were Lindsey Millen, second place; San Chung, third place; and Alisha Piccirillo, fourth place.

Luu's poster will be on display through the end of the year.

A limited edition is available for purchase at http://usshornet.stores.yahoo.net/. Proceeds benefit the museum's educational exhibits.

This November marks the 70th anniversary of the USS Hornet and its 15 years as a museum.

A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is permanently berthed at 707 West Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda.

For information, go to www.uss-hornet.org or call 510-521-8448.