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. 

To reward students for raising $10,000 more than expected in their Walkathon, Paden Elementary School Principal Drew Sarratore (left) rode his bike to school wearing a pelican suit last Friday morning. After locking his bike and doffing his talons, he visited Office Manager Sue McMahon, who, he says, “rules the world.”

This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, and next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. Encinal Junior-Senior High School students will present Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic Little Women. The school’s fall play tells the story of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother, as they struggle to keep their family going while their father is away fighting the Civil War.

After the Alameda Sun went to press Tuesday, parents rallied at City Hall drawing attention to that, according to the group, since the start of the school year on Aug. 19, five children have been hit by cars on their way to school in Alameda. The “Alameda School Zone Safety Rally” was expected to take place just before the City Council meeting Nov. 5.

At its meeting on Oct. 22, the Peralta Community College District board of trustees announced that College of Alameda has received a United States Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant. HSI grants are awarded competitively each year to eligible colleges and universities. College of Alameda, the first of the four Peralta colleges to earn this award, submitted its application for the HSI grant last spring and is one of 43 recipients out of 223 applications nationwide this year. The award is for nearly $600,000 per year over a five-year period.