Alamedan Honored by Peralta District PTA

The Alameda PTA Council participated in the Peralta District PTA’s Founders Day Ceremony on Monday, May 16, and during the event, Sarah Olaes — an active supporter of Otis Elementary School — received the Founders Day & Perlata District PTA Very Special Person Award.

According to Christene Strena, president of the Alameda PTA Council, when Olaes’ oldest son was in kindergarten, she managed the Alameda Education Foundation’s after-school enrichment program. Olaes then expanded the program into “a broad, wide-ranging selection that lives up to its purpose and that it to enrich the children who take the classes,” Strena said.

The AEF recently hired Olaes to coordinates enrichment programs across the Island.

The group says that Olaes is best known for her role as campaign volunteer coordinator for both Measure E and Measure A, two parcel tax campaigns that aimed to expand local funding to support Alameda’s public school.

“Her efforts as volunteer coordinator mobilized several hundred volunteers through two campaigns. Volunteers for every PTA in Alameda worked with Sarah to secure funding for our schools. While Measure E failed last year, I am happy to share that Sarah immediately rejoined the next campaign effort and Measure A passed, bringing approximately $12 million in to Alameda Schools each year for the next seven years,” Strena explained.

“Without the incredible dedication of Sarah, and the entire Measure A Campaign staff, our community would not be able to pause during this ongoing state of fiscal emergency for California’s education budget. Alameda is certainly facing ongoing budget cuts along with the rest of California’s schools, but because of the Herculean efforts of Sarah, And the entire Measure A Campaign committee, the choices we would be facing in Alameda would be a lot more difficult,” the head of the PTA group shared.

AEF recently celebrated its annual Salute to Education event and a video of the festivities is posted on the group’s website.

Janet Levaux