alameda education foundation

Help Puerto Rico, enjoy live music

A special ’Round the World Festival and Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8, will dedicate 50 percent of its proceeds to those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The event is family-friendly and will feature performances by Babá Ken & The Nigerian Brothers, Taller Bombalele, Michael Nejad and Capoeira by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga.

Time to support students in annual ‘Equipped 4 Success’ 

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) announced the launch of its annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supply drive. The drive supports Alameda low-income students by providing them with new backpacks and quality school supplies.

“Imagine having to choose between paying your bills or purchasing school supplies for your child,” said AEF Executive Director Vicki Sedlack. “Unfortunately, that is the reality for many struggling Alameda families.” 

More 80 students representing 12 teams from Alameda’s public schools participated in this year’s Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) robotics competition. First place went to Wood Middle School’s “Well Done Pepes.” The Franklin Elementary Vaccines and Bay Farm Dophins tied for second-place honors. Wood’s fourth- and fifth-grade team, the Space Bots, captured third place.


The Power Up for Learning program, a joint effort between local nonprofit Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), provides students in Alameda’s schools access to technology curriculum focused on robotics based at Wood Middle School. 


The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) and its community partners are working to eliminate the struggle of poverty that some Alameda families may face. The annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supple drive provides students with the necessary tools to learn such as quality new backpacks and school supplies. Members of the community may support the drive by making financial donations online at or by mailing checks to AEF, PO Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94502.


The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) recently announced the election of Ximena de la Rossi, Kelly Scott and Angie Watson-Hajjem to its board of directors. They will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

“Ximena, Kelly and Angie are all active in their school communities and committed to supporting AEF in its mission,” said AEF president Bill Sonneman.


The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) recently presented the 2017 Jack Capon award. The award is given to eighth graders who participate in AEF’s Middle School Sports program. The foundation bases the awards on sportsmanship, academic achievement and being a caring, committed team member. AEF congratulates the following student-athletes:


Bill Sonneman, Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) President, received a donation from David Zamir, founder of recently. “We’re very fortunate at AEF to have the generous support of so many individuals and business leaders in Alameda, like David at The Appliance Repair Doctor. It’s a real vote of confidence in how AEF puts donations to work in support of education in Alameda.”  



The Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) middle school cross country club, the Alameda Asteroids, completed their season last month with a strong showing at the regional championships on Nov. 3. 

The championship meet was held at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. The school recently built a new spectator friendly course for foot races. 

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) recently announced the election of three new board members: Danielle London, Margie Sherratt and Todd Wellnitz.

"Danielle, Margie and Todd each bring unique and valuable experience and expertise to our Board," commented Foundation president Bill Sonneman. "We are thrilled to have them."

London is an Alameda County assistant district attorney. Sherratt is a former Alameda Unified School District administrator and School Board member. Wellnitz is the president of Wellguard Insurance Solutions.