Community Corner: Table tennis scholarships

Community Corner: Table tennis scholarships

Michele Ellson

Alameda's Bryant Lin, 16, made the men's 21 and under finals at the 2013 U.S. Nationals in table tennis. Photo courtesy of the Alameda Table Tennis Club.

The Alameda Table Tennis Club is offering $20,000 in scholarships to local elementary school students interested in learning the sport. The club is offering a year’s worth of training valued at up to $1,500 to a student at each of Alameda’s 10 traditional elementary schools and one each from Alameda Christian School, Chinese Christian School, St. Philip Neri, St. Barnabas and St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Applications are available now and will be accepted through August 1, with training to take place between September 1 and August 31, 2015. Information and applications are available on the club’s website or at the club, which is at 2050 Lincoln Avenue.

The Alameda Free Library has earned a 2014 California Reads grant to help deepen the community’s understanding of what it means to come home from war. The $3,500 grant will allow the library to plan programs around book selections, films and events relevant to the theme “War Comes Home.” The programs will begin in the fall and information will be posted in the library’s events calendar and on its social media accounts.

Henry Haight Elementary School has earned a Title I Academic Achievement Award, an honor granted just 105 of the 6,000 schools eligible for it in California. Schools that receive Title I federal funding and where 40 percent or more of the students come from low-income families are eligible for the award, which honors schools that doubled academic achievement targets for two consecutive years. Haight, where about 60 percent of students come from low-income families, saw the percentage of those students proficient in English rise from 55.3 percent in 2011 to 66.7 percent in 2013. Math proficiency for low-income students also rose, from 59.6 percent testing proficient or above in 2011 to 72.2 percent in 2013.

High school students from Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center were honored for their entries in this year’s Pioneers in Engineering robotics competition at the University at California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Nea’s team earned mechanical design honors while Alameda Community Learning Center took the agilent spirit award. The competition follows an eight-week program that pairs the high school teams with college mentors who teach weekly, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math lessons to prepare for it. The six-year-old Pioneers in Engineering program is run by Cal engineering students from the school’s engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.