Thanks from Adopt-a-Family

On behalf of the many homeless students in the Alameda Unified School District, I would like to express my deepest thanks to the individuals and organizations that participated in our Adopt-A-Family program during this last Season of Giving. Presents received for homeless students in grades K through 12 included gift cards, clothes, toys, bath products, books, and much more to 50 families in our community.

Those donors were:

Trinity Lutheran Church (organized by Jessica Fleishman Hayes); Encinal High School (organized by the EHS Leadership Class); Lincoln Middle School (organized by Sharmaine Moody); Wood Middle School (organized by Monica Blea); Alameda High School (organized by Sandra Pula and Michael Lee); Payne & Associates (organized by Allison Sullivan); Paden Elementary School (organized by Sue McMahon); parents of Edison Elementary School (organized by Sharon Khadder); The Delta Zeta Chapter of Alameda (organized by Cindy Frankel); Bayview Women's Club; the staff at Gallagher & Lindsey; Mr. & Mrs. Stolp and family; Olivia Rebanal and family; Denise Jimenez.

I would like to extend special thanks to the Officers with the Alameda Police Department, who gave homeless students gift cards and took them shopping at Target — complete with motorcycle escorts. This "Shop with a Cop" was incredibly generous and incredibly fun for the children.

Alameda Unified School District greatly values the many ways in which our community supports our homeless families. Thank you, again.

Vickie R. Smith

AUSD Family Support Services

Take a walk soon to Sweeney park

On May 3, the Alameda Police Department will sponsor a May You Arrive Safely walk across Alameda to promote pedestrian safety for the entire family. The walk will start at 9 a.m. from each of Alameda's ferry stops at Bay Farm and Alameda Point and finish at the police department at City Hall by 12:30 p.m. Sign up at www.alamedapolice.org.

The walk from the Alameda Point ferry will tour through the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park where the future Cross Alameda Bike and Walk Trail will be developed. This event is a great opportunity to participate in a day of fun, learn some safety points, and tour your future 22-acre park.

The park design has been approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission and will go to City Council in May for final approval. The park will be a phased project with the Cross Alameda Bike and Walking trail to be one of the first features to be built.

Those who sign up early for the walk will receive a free T-shirt designed to promote roadway visibility. The shirt will be traffic safety green and have a reflective safety message on the back. See more at www.alamedapolice.org.

Bring the family and friends for walk across town with the extra treat of a tour through the future Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Dorothy Freeman

Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund

Donors come through for AEF

I would like to thank the many generous donors who supported the Alameda Education Foundation's Adopt A Classroom program in February and March: VF Outdoor, John and Maggie Maiers, Perforce Foundation on behalf of Jackson Bohm, The Prudential Foundation on behalf of The Tamaoki Family, Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Christine Winberg, Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Kate Rockwell, Dr. Barry Laven, Anne DeBardeleben in gratitude to John & Kate Quick, and The Benaquista and Mummidi families.

Thirty teachers were adopted in February and March, bringing our total to 169 for the school year. That translates to $84,500 directly into the hands of teachers.

The Adopt A Classroom program provides $500 to teachers who use the funds to support learning opportunities for their students. The funds are used to purchase musical instruments and art supplies, fund field trips, increase technology capacity and build class libraries, among much more.

More information may be found atwww.AlamedaEducation.org.

Kathleen C. Woulfe

Adopt A Classroom Chair

Community helps Humane Society

The board of directors of the Humane Society of Alameda wishes to thank our membership and donors for their contributions and attendance to our annual membership meeting on March 29. The members in attendance were served breakfast at Pier 29, followed by a very special presentation by Hugh Tebault, president of the Latham Foundation of Alameda, on "Humane Education and Animal Welfare."

Membership, donations at work for 2013 were presented as follows: Provide the Alameda Animal Shelter with food for the animals, $22,359; assistance with adoption of five animals to senior citizens living in Alameda, $460; medical assistance to animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter, $653; other animals in need of medical assistance, $995, free microchip clinic $540; assistance to the Alameda Animal Shelter microchipping 156 adoptable animals, $780; assistance purchasing 800 mini-microchip needles for small animals, $2,535; financial assistance to those in need with spay and neuter of 16 animals, $900; purchase of 500 cat carriers for the Animal Shelter, several new dog beds and many replacement parts, sanitizing gel and disinfectant for the 32 kennels, $2,272.

In addition, with contributions, donations and a large donation from a bequest we were able to cover the full expense of the project to have the Alameda Animal Shelter 32 kennels resealed, resurfaced and painted costing $32,435.

We are so grateful for your support through memberships, donations and bequests. We could not help our beloved animals without your wonderful love and support.

Donations to Humane Society of Alameda may be sent to P.O. Box 1571, Alameda 94501 or through our secured website: www.hsalameda.org. The board of directors thank you very much for your continued support -- and our beloved animals thank you, too.

Holly Schmalenberger-Haugen

treasurer, Humane Society of Alameda