The Mighty Pens, the student poetry club from Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) will be the focus of the monthly Alameda Island Poets reading set for Wed., May 2, at 7 p.m.

In 2012, with the hope of sharing a lifelong love of poetry and the exquisite beauty of words, Cathy Dana, teacher of creative expressions at the charter school, founded the school-wide poetry club called The Mighty Pens. The group meets weekly to write and share poetry, culminating each year in a book of student poems, entitled Wandering Minds, Dancing Words.

The Alameda Education Foundation will showcase and honor inspiring school programs and volunteers at its 35th annual Salute to Education event on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. 

Salute to Education celebrates the work being done in Alameda public schools. It also honors school volunteers who support local students. Reading intervention, technology, conservation, art programs and more will be recognized. Every Alameda public school will have a program and a volunteer recognized. 

Families in Alameda can broaden their knowledge of other cultures through hosting a student from Spain this summer. Help build world understanding through sharing of culture, language, values and lifestyle with these young people.

Peter Murphy with the Boys Scouts of America — Alameda Council, Troop 1015 earned the organization’s highest rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held April 8. For his Eagle project, Murphy and a group of volunteers from Bishop O’Dowd High School, Alameda High School, Oakland Strokes Rowing Team and the Troop re-landscaped an overgrown garden area at Lincoln Middle School. 

Murphy presented his plan and budget to the school’s PTA and was granted funds for the project. He also raised the funds needed for project’s completion.


Last year Barbara Bick and I, Dan Burr, opened Neptune Nature School, Alameda’s first, and only, forest-nature school. The all-outdoor, all-weather preschool serves children ages two-and-one-half to five years old. The school nurtures a child’s curiosity of the outdoors and believes children grow best when allowed to be themselves.