Many thanks to those individuals and groups who contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children during the month of April. Some of these generous people donated more than once.
We'd like to thank Sothera Sang, Edmund Lemi and Paula Patillo-Dupree. Lance and Sandra Russum donated in memory of Tom Henderson. We couldn't have done it without help from Jerry Morten, Mel Harvey, Martha Turner, Alvera Brochier and- Terry Y. LaCroix Jr.
Our hats are also off to Joseph Thomas, Pat Marr, Betty Sanderson and Virginia Krutilek. Tim Henneberry and Roger Woo gave generously as did Virginia and David Miller.
Thanks also go to John Spellman, Lois Pryor, the First Christian Church, Isle City Institute #51 YLI and Keith Nealy, The First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley gave during April as did Dolores Rodriguez, Agnes Ringo and Tami Quan from Twist Salon. Two giving donors wished to remain anonymous.
If you'd like to see your name listed with other generous Alamedans, send a donation to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951 Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www. midwayshelter.org.
The Encinal High School (EHS) music department hosted its annual Extravaganza of Bands on May 4. Thirteen visiting highschool and middle-school bands participated in concert and marching competitions.
The students showcased their talent, musicianship and dedication. The event also showcased our city's unique hospitality and Jet Pride, thanks to the support of our many volunteers and sponsors. We would sincerely like to thank them for their help and generosity.
Advertising and awards sponsors included Alameda School of Music; Best Music of Oakland; the Alameda Education Foundation; Harbor Bay Realty; Oakland Triple X Fraternity; McDonald's restaurants of Alameda; Taco Bell of Alameda; The Scoop Shop; Looney's Barbecue; Bank of Alameda; OMM Inc., Mason Management; Ace Truck Repair; Alameda Elks Club #1015; Dr. Barbara Galera; Dr. Bruce Bothwell; Dr. David W. Johnson; Dr. Barrett Parker; Diane Coler-Dark, Alameda Museum; Dance 10 Performing Arts Center; and the residents of the 300 Block of Haight Avenue.
Further donations and services were provided by Ken Haslam; Joe Castro; Stevie Sparrow; Jeff Smith, Corporal Sean Hennessey; Armand and Barbara Acosta; Ann and John McCormick; Rosemary Rentschle; Bill and Genelle Longenbohn; Ed Canalin and Melissa Erikson; and Gary and Lori Keep.
With this support and the hard work of many parent volunteers, we were able to provide a unique opportunity for our students to excel through their determination and teamwork. The Jets Marching Band reached their highest score of the year and our Color Guard set a school record in parade competition, all while having fun and being gracious hosts.
Extracurricular activities play a vital role in helping our students grow outside the classroom and we appreciate the support of our Alameda community that makes events like this possible.
— EHS Music Boosters
Thanks, first responders
On behalf of Alameda Family Services (AFS) I would like to extend the warmest thank you for the exciting, fun and very successful "Shoots & Ladders," on Friday, May 3. The Alameda Police Department (APD) played a game of basketball against the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) to help raise money for AFS. Sponsors included the College of Alameda, Harbor Bay Group of Companies, Scooter Importers and TransPacifi c National Bank.
Police Chief Michael Noonan and Offi cer Emilia Mrak coached the APD team; the AFD was coached by Fire Chief Michael D'Orazi. The fi refi ghters and police offi cers competed on free throws with the kids before the game and at half-time.
This game was so exciting all the way through to the end when the teams were just a couple of points apart. APD won the game by just four points. We look forward to a rematch next year.
The event raised a whopping $7,000 for AFS, which supports individuals and families through counseling, Head Start, Early Head Start, school-based health centers, Homeless Youth Services and other programs.
Learn more about AFS at www. alamedafs.org.
— Jeannie Graham
AFS board member Necessary and brave
I want to thank the Alameda Sun and the members of the AUSD school board for being attuned to the vital importance of educators and districts addressing the unconscious biases and systemic racism that continues to create inequity in educational settings for students of color ("State Looks at Suspension Rate," May 2).
I have sadly found that any attempt to open a door to ask folks of privilege to think about oppression and racism in all of its forms can often be easily and quickly met with anger, defensiveness and denial. It is necessary and brave of our educational leaders to engage in the dialogue about inequity in education.
Perpetuating inequity in the system by allowing disproportionate disciplinary actions to go unchecked is detrimental to all people and all communities. It is only by showing up bravely at the table to refl ect on our own internal biases and to listen openly to the experiences of others that we can begin to heal centuries of pain and develop equitable learning opportunities for all of our children. People can check out the wonderful fi lm Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity to learn more.
— Melanie Wartenberg
Put old AHS on ballot
After we defeated the Cowan land swap, I swore that my sign-carrying days were over. I have heard people say, "Never say never." I haven't paid much attention until now.
If there are a group of citizens willing to put a "Save Historic Alameda High School" on the ballot, I'm with you. This seems to be the only way to be heard nowadays. All these community forums are just a bunch of window dressing.
It will take time and money, but it will be worth it. Even external bracing would be better than anything in the dismal future without her.
We have to be careful that we don't adopt a Southern California mentality when it comes to aesthetics. Nothing can replace memories and good taste.
— Ashley Jones
Book sale kudos
The Friends of the Alameda Free Library (FOL) would like to thank all those who helped make our recent May Book Sale at the Alameda Point Al DeWitt O Club a success. The Friends is a non-profi t organization dedicated to raising funds for the library. The monies raised from our semi-annual sales are used to fund the library's children, teen and adult reading programs, Alameda Reads, and other special programs throughout the year.
We'd like to thank all those who donated materials for the sale and those who came to the sale and bought it. Our hats are also off to Alameda Recreation & Parks Dept.
for the use of the O Club, especially Deana Huie for her assistance throughout the sale and Dennis Mc- Daniel and his staff for setting up the club for our use.
We certainly could not have done it without the "Monday Crew" who over the past six months sorted, priced, boxed and moved more than 1,000 boxes of donated material from the library to our storage site.
Our warm thanks to Librarian Jane Chisaki for her support throughout the year and contributions to the sale.
Coast Guardmen Jermond Williamson and Chad Davis and the other Surface Forces Logistics Center volunteers also deserved our thanks. They spent time moving those boxes from storage to the O Club. Their able-bodied assistance was critical to the logistics of the sale.
The sale went smoothly, thanks to the many FOL volunteers who spent Friday morning unpacking and displaying the material on tables and who helped in various capacities.
— John Kennedy, Book Sale Committee Co-Chairperson