Alameda School-Supply Drive Collects, Donates 400 Backpacks


The Alameda Education Foundation announced today, September 22, that it had collected enough school supplies from Island residents and organizations to donate 400 backpacks to students in need.

AEF says it thanks everyone that donated school supplies. These donations are needed to support the nearly 10 percent of Alameda Unified School District students who lack a permanent residence; the backpacks are currently being distributed through the McKinney-Vento Program.

AEF also wants to express its appreciation to Tuckers, the Bank of Alameda on Park Street and Color Me Mine for hosting donations bins and to the West Alameda Business Association for providing a collection table during the Concerts at the Cove series. And a special thank you is being expressed to Office Max for its support, AEF says.

In addition, the group wants to acknowledge the Alameda Kiwanis Club for providing support at the Towne Centre Summer Concert Series, selling popcorn and collecting donations, as well as donating over $300 in donations of filled backpacks and additional supplies.

The Realtors of Harbor Bay Realty adopted this effort and provided dozens of filled backpacks, according to AEF, and St. Joseph Homeless and Shelter Services Ministry contributed supplies that filled two vans (see above photo.)

Other supporters include the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, St. Philip Neri and St. Albert’s, who surprised AEF with another van full of supplies. In addition, FESCO- Family Emergency Shelter Coalition — gave a large number of backpacks and school supplies.

AEF also wants to note that Tuckers donated $200 for backpacks, and the Windemere Foundation donated $1,000 to purchase backpacks and supplies.

Finally, Peter Ng and the Fundraising Booth donated 50 percent of proceeds from kettle-corn sales during the Summer Beats Concert series; Alameda Towne Centre provided support and promotion services for the Towne Centre Summer Beats concert series.

While the community has given generously already, AEF says it is still collecting school supplies for 500 classrooms. Teachers need dry-erase markers, reams of copy paper, new office supplies, craft paints, paint brushes, glue sticks and other items.

Thus, community members are asked to give to AEF’s Teacher Supply Store when they have a business or office that is moving or need to get rid of supplies — new and gently used.

Plus, AEF aims to provide art supplies worth at least $1,000 to each school site to support volunteer-driven art docent programs. Musical instruments are also requested for the middle and high schools.

Donations are being accepted at the AEF Teacher Supply Store on Atlantic from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday. To host a donation bin, contact info@AlamedaEducation.org; cash donations are also requested.

AEF says that $5 is needed to buy a backpack for a needy student, and $15 provides a year’s worth of supplies. Donations may be made by check and sent to AEF “School Supply Drive”, PO Box 1363, Alameda, 94501. Contact Christine Strena for more information: Christine@AlamedaEducation.org


Alameda Schools Need Your Time, Supplies


The Alameda Education Foundation is making a last-minute push for school supplies and volunteers.

On Thursday, August 26, volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the AEF Teacher Supply Store. Volunteers will prepare supplies and other items for the store’s 2010-2011 our grand re-opening. 

As part of the group’s work in welcoming Alameda’s teachers back to work, volunteers are needed to sort recent donations and clean up the outside garden and playground areas, used by a nearby pre-school.
The store is located in Portable Building # 7, behind the Woodstock Education Center at Third Street and Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (formerly Atlantic Avenue). To get there, turn left onto Third from Ralph Appezzato and take an immediate left onto the driveway next to the building; then follow the driveway to the parking lot.

From 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow, August 26, volunteers are needed to support Alameda’s homeless youth by putting together backpacks and organizing school supplies from the AEF School Supply drive. AEF says it has over 200 backpacks and lots of supplies!

Come to Alameda Towne Centre, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers are asked to meet near the Zeytini Restaurant (in the corridor between Trader Joes & Safeway.) 

AEF says some staff members and volunteers will be at the shopping center until the backpacks are filled.
Also, on Thursday and on Saturday, August 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., more school supplies will be collected during the Summer Beats Concert Series at Alameda Towne Centre.

Here’s what AEF still wants to collect for the kids: 
– Scientific Calculators
– Pencil Boxes and pencil bags
– Scissors (4 inches and smaller with metal edges) and
– Colored Pencils

Donations are being distributed through Alameda Family Support Services.

Donations can also be brought to Tuckers Ice Cream, the Bank Of Alameda on Park Street, and Color Me Mine in Alameda Towne Centre.
AEF also wants to thank  the community for its support — including Pat Schmitz (in the above photo), who delivered a fantastic supply of donations on August 12 on behalf of  St. Joseph Homeless & Shelter Services Ministry.


Giving a Holiday or Year-Round Delight

Yolanda, the owner of Shear Delight & More salon and children’s clothing store, is wrapping up her 11th annual toy drive for kids staying at the Midway Shelter for abused women and their families.

This year, collections haven’t been as great as in years past. So, if you still have time to buy a toy — especially for kids 4 and younger — go ahead and drop it off unwrapped at 1505 Park Street.

One special item needed by those staying at Midway are nightlights that have Disney or other kid-friendly characters on them.

Cash and other monetary donations are also taken for the shelter. “Some people have justed walked in to give us $100 after going to the bank,” Yolanda said.

Yolanda sells pre-used cloths to moms and others in need. And she donates her overflow to the shelther each two weeks. Some of the clothing is also given to young mothers who are attending Alameda or Encinal high schools.

The consignment shop gives some store credit to those community members who donate clothes and other items to the shop.

Shear Delight & More has lots more than clothing on its shelves. There’s makeup and hair products, and the salon offers a full array of spa and other services, like haircuts and facials.

And if the holidays of ’09-10 are too hectic, try and stop  by during the year with donations or play to join next year’s toy drive.

Thanks, Yolanda, for keeping the holiday spirit alive day after day, month after month and year after year.