A community fundraiser has been established to replant a coast live oak tree in the playground at Maya Lin School. The tree was felled during a stormy night on Dec. 15, 2016. According to the school’s fundraising page, the tree “was a beloved community landmark and a piece of Alameda history. Its absence is felt every day at the school.”

The loss of the tree immediately spurred several efforts from the school community. Parents and teachers shared pictures, told stories about the tree and planned for ways to utilize the wood for various art projects at the school.

Alameda’s chapter of the American Red Cross Youth (RCY) has been busy actively supporting community efforts. They packed special Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homebound and delivered them through Meals on Wheels all around the Island. These young volunteers set up and took down aspects of the firefighters Toys-For-Tots program, took blood pressures at local events and cleaned cots used to serve the Santa Rosa fire victims. They visited local nursing homes and even taught seminars on disaster preparedness to children and their parents.

On Jan. 20 Alameda High School’s Diversity Committee donated $700 to the Carol Ann Read Breast Cancer center, which provides health care and services to women who cannot afford Breast Cancer treatments. Proceeds from “Breast Cancer” hoodies that Alameda High students designed and sold comprised the donation.

Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) has partnered with Clean Water Action in recruiting 100 Alameda restaurants to join a campaign designed to reduce the amount of waste being produced at area restaurants. 

On Jan. 23, Alameda Rotary Club declared Joseph Picchi, a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, the winner of its youth speech contest. Rotary awarded Picchi a $100 prize and an opportunity to advance to the area speech contest where he will compete against other local Rotary contest winners for a first-place prize of $200. The winner of that contest will have an opportunity to advance to the Rotary’s regional competition.

Picchi’s five-minute speech addressed Rotary’s “4-Way Test” as a guide for everyday living. His speech focused on the way Rotarians say and do things: