Alameda Schools Benefit Set for Friday

The Alameda Education Foundation’s 28th annual Salute to Education takes place this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St.

The event aims to celebrate innovation in Alameda’s public schools and recognize teachers, staff, volunteers and local businesses that make a positive impact on students.

Tickets are $40 and can be bought at the door or at alamedaeducation.org.

According to AEF President Bill Sonneman, the event is “a chance for the entire community to come together and get to know each other a little better, learn about innovative programs in our schools, and honor the people who work so hard for our students.”

“We’ll be celebrating at Rock Wall Wine Company on Alameda Point, and the evening will include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, local wines, and the beautiful backdrop of the San Francisco skyline,” Sonneman said.

Music will be provided by the award-winning Alameda High School jazz band.

Some of the innovative school programs to be showcased this year include a Creative Arts Institute program that helps students integrate visual and performing arts into Language Arts curriculum; “Fire Fighters in our Classroom;” a tutoring program developed by high school students that provides academic support for peers and younger students; and “The Wall Breakers,” a middle school classroom project attempting to change the perspectives of young people in order to end bullying.

(Photo courtesy of AEF and Lifetouch.)

Janet Levaux