Kids Stuff

Following the statewide school closures due to COVID-19, Gemma Jackson, a seventh-grade student at Alameda Community Learning Center, noticed a lack of positive news in the media. In response she launched The Quarantine Chronicles, an online newsletter for her school that includes student- and teacher-submitted works and positive news stories. 

Jackson was inspired by John Krasinski’s Some Good News, a YouTube show in which Krasinski shares good news stories and features special guests. Some Good News was started in late March, when the pandemic hit. 

Lauren Macaulay, 10, who usually attends St. Joseph’s Elemenary School, has found a way to delight passersby during the shelter-in-place order. Every day she posts a riddle on a telephone pole near Franklin School. The following day she posts the answer and a new riddle. “It’s her way of giving joy to her community,” wrote Charlotte Newman.


Alameda musician Lorenzo Wood, under the band name 2AM in the Basement, recently released a cover of the hit song “Falling,” in collaboration with a virtual orchestra of 11 other teen musicians from around the United States, to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Proceeds from downloads and streams of the song, and views of the video, will benefit a mix of charities that Wood has selected. The song can be downloaded, streamed or viewed at

Mindful of the loss of senior year celebrations this spring, a group of families and high school staff from across the district have planned “Alameda Senior Signing Day,” tomorrow, Friday, May 1. 

Personalized yard signs will be delivered to every senior across the district this week. From 10 to 10:44 a.m., the Mayor, Superintendent, president of the Board of Education, Alameda’s four high school principals and other special guests will speak live on KJTZ (96.1 FM or to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) is proud of the Alameda community’s response to the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Neighbors are helping neighbors, young people are shopping for seniors, and the local frontline work force is keeping Alamedans safe.

CASA would like to announce its new campaign, “Feed Alameda’s Frontline.” The public is invited to join donors who have already been ordering meals from local Alameda restaurants for the staff at Alameda Hospital. The meals are delivered to staff free of charge.