Adopt-A-Classroom Funds Distributed

Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Pictured from left to right: Judy Goodwin, Maya Lin School principal; Jim and Mandy Tham, donors; Brian Dodson, teacher and award recipient; and Bill Sonneman, representing Alameda Education Foundation. The Thams donated $500 to support Dodson’s classroom endeavors.

Adopt-A-Classroom Funds Distributed

Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) handed out donations to worthy Alameda teachers last month through its Adopt-A-Classroom program. Priorities this year included supplying $500 to new teachers and teachers-in-need at Alameda’s low-income schools, which include Love Elementary, Wood Middle, Encinal Jr.-Sr. High, Paden Elementary, Island High and Ruby Bridges Elementary schools. 

On Nov. 7, AEF made 18 presentations at Love and Wood. On Nov. 14 representatives from the foundation visited Encinal, Paden, Maya Lin, Island and Ruby Bridges. 

The program gives money directly to a teacher who uses it as they choose to support their classrooms is one of the best ways to make a direct impact on learning. 

This year’s Adopt-A-Classroom major sponsor was Pump Repair Service Co.’s Joanne and Dave Archer. Other sponsors included: Firefighters Local 689, State Farm Insurance’s Team Kelly Lux and Bill and Lois Sonneman.

Next year’s goal is to support 70 new and in-need teachers at low-income schools. To learn how to adopt a classroom for next year, visit