Burglars leave no classroom untouched

OAKLAND PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BURGLARIZED. Photo by Laura A. Oda/StaffJacqueline Calderon said she and her fellow teachers were excited to come to school Monday. The school’s yard had gotten a makeover over this weekend — the four-square court was carefully painted.

Instead they found broken windows, missing equipment and a dismantled computer lab at East Oakland PRIDE Elementary School, a small school on the old Webster campus on 81st Avenue and Birch.

It was scary and upsetting for the students who came to school, too. You can read the full story here.

Since you always ask how to help: Teachers are already writing grants and DonorsChoose.org requests to replace missing items. I’ll post more information as it comes in.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • livegreen

    It takes real low lifes to steal from a school. Is the District going to get grants to wire the K-5 like they have the middle and high schools?

    Also, since OPD is short-staffed right now (due to both the Unions, our Mayor and the City Council) there ar only two or three investigators for burglaries for the entire city. Unless OPD makes this a priority they might not even have the manpower to investigate it. In that case it will probably happen again…

  • J.R.

    “Also, since OPD is short-staffed right now (due to both the Unions, our Mayor and the City Council) there ar only two or three investigators for burglaries for the entire city”.

    Thats a union for you, two faced talk about brotherhood and all that. All these older vets had to do was pay some of their own benefits and they could have kept the 80 young officers. Of course they threw them right under the proverbial bus. Now that’s brotherly love!

  • livegreen

    Actually the OPOA concessions themselves wouldn’t have been enough. They would have helped but it also would have taken cuts elsewhere. Cuts the politicians weren’t willing to make…

  • J.R.

    Sorry I skipped the word many as in officers……..It goes without saying that politicians cannot be believed or trusted to manage even a hemorrhoid(they aren’t worth half the pay they get). We are all about to find out just how much we needed those 80 officers patrolling the streets. What can you do if people don’t inform themselves and then vote.

  • http://www.tigerthegecko.blogspot.com maestra

    I definitely know people who want to help so I’m looking forward to that information! thanks.

  • Katy Murphy

    Here’s a link to one teacher’s Donors Choose proposal: “Help! Don’t let the break-in break our learning!!”

    You can also donate directly to East Oakland PRIDE through the Oakland Schools Foundation’s website:

  • wdcrachel

    My heart goes out to all of the teachers, staff, and principal at East Oakland PRIDE. I remember when I first came to Oakland as a Teach For America corps member in 1997 and the reputation of Webster. Just this Friday I was at the school visiting Principal Viet Nguyen and was so heartened by the atmosphere of learning at the school. Now more than ever is a time to rally behind our schools, and this one in particular.

  • TeachForFreedom

    This is a tragedy! I have a few very close friends that have been teaching at PRIDE for 4 years, and through an incredible amount of hard work, they have built classroom cultures that are both caring and high achieving. No school ever deserves to have their learning equipment stolen, but especially not this school! PRIDE has teachers that in 1 academic school year have literally achieved 1.5-3.0 years of reading growth on a rigorous authentic assessment (the “DRA”) with students that face tremendous learning challenges. In all this talk on other posts about excellent teachers, there are some at PRIDE that truly embody both professional values and commitment to students.

  • http://www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/391394.-133355188 Jackie Calderon

    For anyone interested in supporting the students affected by the burglary, please visit either of the following Donor’s Choose Projects and donate anything you can to help replace these materials.