On March 14 Pam Riley Chang was honored by the California Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with the Golden Oak Award, the association’s most prestigious honor. This award recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community. The award was presented to Chang by Paul Richman, previous executive director of the California PTA, at the Peralta District PTA Founders Day Celebration at the Alameda County Office of Education in Hayward.

As a first-time judge for the City of Alameda’s Season for Nonviolence Speech Contest held last Saturday at City Hall, I have to say, Alameda’s young generation has some bright stars ready to lead humanity into the future. The combination of poise, creativity and clarity woven into stories of personal experience and exhortations to action brought tears to my eyes more than once.


Above and Beyond (AnB) Education, a non-profit organization that pairs foreign high school students with volunteer host families is currently looking for volunteer host families in Alameda.

AnB Education is the leading non-profit sponsor of exchange students and has been developing rewarding relationships between international students and their host families, schools and communities for more than 20 years. AnB Education places students from many countries for semester-long and year-long academic programs.

Some Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) students have planned to walk out of their classes tomorrow, Friday, March 15, to advocate for stronger action on climate change and progress on a Green New Deal. The students, who are marching as part of an international, youth-driven “School Strike 4 Climate,” plan to walk first to Alameda City Hall and then back to Crab Cove, where speakers will address the assembled crowd.