I'd like to thank the Alameda community for their support of the Alameda Education Foundation programs that have positively impacted thousands of students over the 2012-2013 year. Thanks to community support, the Foundation has been able to:

  • adopt 132 classrooms at public traditional and charter schools across Alameda -- that's $66,000 directly into the classrooms;

  • provide Enrichment classes and camps to 3303 registrants;

  • offer Information NIghts for incoming freshmen and their parents;

  • provide after-school athletics for 540+ middle school students;

  • fund technology needs for high school academic enrichment programs for 500+ at risk students;

  • provide more than $17,000 in scholarships for our enrichment and middle school sports participants;

  • fund/process $9,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors; and

  • collaborate with other Alameda nonprofits to run Equipped 4 Success, a communitywide school supply drive, that supported more than 800 low-income students.

    The impact we have made together is very beneficial to our students. I am also very excited about our goals for the 2013-2014 school year, which include:

  • increasing the number of filled backpacks for low-income students to 1,000;

  • sponsoring a one-on-one counseling program for Alameda's approximately 700 sophomores to make sure they are on track for graduation and college;


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  • growing the number of "districtwide" and middle school enrichment classes to reach more students with vital learning opportunities in the arts, academics and athletics;

  • offering "for credit" high school summer classes;

  • adding Bay Farm sixth- and seventh-graders and Encinal Jr. Jets to our middle school sports program;

  • increasing Adopt A Classrooms to 150 classrooms;

  • replacing much needed sports equipment and purchase needed safety equipment for our middle school student-athletes; and

  • continuing to grow our partnerships with the business community, nonprofits and the 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 explore the AEF website at www.AlamedaEducation.org to learn more about our programs. Let's continue to work together to support student success in the coming school year!

    Bill Sonneman is president of the Alameda Education Foundation.