Letters to the Editor: Salute to Education honored programs, volunteers

Letters to the Editor: Salute to Education honored programs, volunteers

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The hard work that takes place in our public schools was evident on Friday, April 24, at the Alameda Education Foundation’s Salute to Education. Alameda Education Foundation’s annual event recognizes innovative programs from every school. Outstanding volunteers are honored as well. The groundbreaking programs that our schools have created continually amaze me and I’d like to mention a few.

Encinal High School’s “Civil Rights Then & Now” celebrated Black History Month, LGBTQ month and the Season of Non-Violence with roundtable discussions. A march around Lake Merritt coincided with a showing of the movie Selma.

Wood Middle School’s MakerSpace allows students to design, build and refine their own projects from rocket launchers to video games. Ingenious math programs have been created at Otis and Ruby Bridges. And Franklin’s Go Green program encourages physical activities, literacy and recycling.

Every school has amazing volunteers. Alameda High School’s winning volunteer is sophomore Corine Tan, who has produced short videos highlighting events at the school.

All the programs and volunteers that were honored are listed on our website.

I would like to thank Alameda Point Partners, Alameda South Shore Center and Tim Lewis Communities/Star Harbor; their generous underwriting made Salute to Education possible. Thanks also goes to Cairdea Marketing and Design, to Charles and Thierry Olken of "Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine" and to Rhythmix Cultural Works.

I am honored to be a part of Salute to Education. Over 250 educators, parents, community and business leaders attended the event at Rhythmix. It was a great celebration.

Pam Riley Chang
Salute to Education chairperson