Letters to the Editor: Alameda Education Foundation says thanks

Letters to the Editor: Alameda Education Foundation says thanks

Letters to the Editor
Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson adopts his Encinal High School art teacher, Warren Haber. Pictured left to right: Haber, Principal Kirsten Zazo, Josh, Alameda Education Foundation president Bill Sonneman.

Dear Editor,

All Alameda Education Foundation Adopt A Classroom presentations are special, but some really stand out. Sixteen year-old Josh Johnson won $1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice, and who did he choose to support? His teachers.

Josh adopted his former middle school art teacher, Will C. Wood Middle School's Anselmo Reis, and his high school art teacher, Encinal High School’s Warren Haber. This makes a powerful statement on the impact teachers have on student lives.

Separately, the Park Street Business Association held a "Shop For Our Schools" shopping day on November 5 and raised enough money to adopt four classrooms. Business participating in the fundraiser included Alameda Natural Grocery, Daisy's, Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, We Are Hair, Aphrodite's Closet, Pixies & Peony, Lost City Antiques, Tracy Zollinger L.Ac., East End Pizza, Bead Inspirations, Tucker's, Cafe Q, Lola's Chicken Shack, Artistic Home Studio & Boutique and Monkey Bars.

I would like to thank Josh, the businesses that participated in "Shop For Our Schools" and all the donors who recognize the impact teachers make for contributing to the Foundation’s December and January Adopt A Classroom presentations, including the Kruger/Do family; the Dean family; Salesforce.com on behalf of the Long family; Salesforce.com on behalf of the Cramer, Peddada and Long families; the Boyer family; Brady Rowe; Independent Order of Odd Fellows Alameda Lodge No. 3; Josh Johnson and DeYoe Wealth Management; Becka's family; and three anonymous supporters.

This school year, our generous business and community have supported 162 teachers, representing $81,000 that has gone directly into Alameda public school classrooms. Teachers have used the funds to purchase materials and supplies, build libraries, and fund field trips, among much more. For a complete listing of teachers and their donors, as well as information on becoming an Adopt a Classroom supporter, please visit www.AlamedaEducation.org.

Kathleen C. Woulfe
Alameda Education Foundation Adopt A Classroom chair