Parents and students at Love Elementary School held demonstrations on various street corners the morning of Dec. 18 before school started. At the intersections of Willow and Chestnut streets with Lincoln Avenue and Chestnut with Santa Clara Avenue, the most dangerous intersections near the school, residents gathered with posters and signs to remind drivers of the school zone and to drive carefully. 

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmember Malia Vella all joined the demonstration. 

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.