Schools

Alamedans can take a four-week course that traces the development of John Lennon as one of the 20th century’s great song writers. The series of classes will cover the early days of The Beatles through their creative height and eventual decline, through Lennon’s tortured early years as a solo artist to his final album, Double Fantasy. The last  class will feature a special guest appearance by Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings.

Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., will play host to the sixth annual Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo set for Sunday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to this family friendly event with the goal to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding.

The Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo is a project by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools and the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

In a 5-0 vote at its April 23 public meeting, the Board of Education for Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) approved changing the name “Haight Elementary School” to “Love Elementary School.”

The vote concluded a months-long process implemented by the Haight Renaming Committee to generate criteria for a new name, take name submissions, hold a primary election to narrow the list, conduct a general election between “Love” and “Haight,” and then submit the name to Superintendent Sean McPhetridge.

Eman Khatri, a member of Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) and a student at Alameda High School, has been selected as a 2019 Girls Inc. National Scholar. As a National Scholar, Khatri receives the Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright $20,000 scholarship. She is one of 23 Girls Inc. National Scholars selected to receive this award in 2019 from across the United States and Canada.

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) announced recently that its 36th “Salute to Education” event will take place on Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2315 Blanding Ave. The Salute to Education provides the opportunity for each Alameda public school to showcase a school program and recognize a volunteer.

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