Letters to the Editor: Thanks for your generosity!

Letters to the Editor: Thanks for your generosity!

Letters to the Editor
Alameda Education Foundation

Left to right: Rotary members Tracy Zollinger, Cassandra Massey and Deb Knowles, Encinal High School science teacher Shelley Grant, Encinal principal Kirsten Zazo and Alameda Education Foundation board president Bill Sonneman. Photo courtesy of Alameda Education Foundation.

Dear editor,

Wow! Thanks to the generous Alameda community, the Alameda Education Foundation made 62 Adopt A Classroom presentations in September. This is 23 more adoptions than were made in the entire year of 2009-10.

Research shows that teachers spend an average of $513 of their own money annually to support their classrooms. The foundation’s Adopt A Classroom provides teachers with a $500 gift card that they may use to supplement learning opportunities for their classrooms. We give 100 percent of the funds received to the teachers and we leave the decision of how that money is used to those who know best - the teachers!

I would like to thank the following donors: The Rotary Club of Alameda; Wells Fargo and Arvin and Catherine Lee, parents of Branden Lee; Diana Pace; Kelly family grandparents; the Jew family; the Dolqueist/Benjamine family; Jensen and Cochran families and friends in memory of Helen Cochran; Tony and Shirley Abbott, grandparents of Marcus Taylor; Linda Schowalter; the Long family; the Khan family; Captain and Mrs. Mark Manes; anonymous; the Cramer, Peddada and Long families; anonymous in appreciation of the most important job in America; Aaron and Lisa Smusz; Alameda Collision Repair; the Kubiszewski family; Farmstead Cheeses and Wines; Kane & Associates Realtors' Anthony Berg; Thu Le; friend of Ms. Kernkamp's classroom; Colin and Erin Smith family; Financial Benefits Credit Union; the Spellman and Christensen family; Joanne and Dave Archer; Tom and Luzanne Engh; Whitenight Ohana; the Scott family; the Ryan family; John and Maggie Maiers; the Coffey family; Bev and Bob Buhnerkempe.

A complete list of adopted teachers and their donors may be found at www.AlamedaEducation.org. Our goal is to adopt 170 teachers in 2014-15. You may visit our website to make an adoption.

Once again, thank you to our generous donors!

Kathleen C. Woulfe
Alameda Education Foundation Adopt A Classroom chair