Kids Stuff

The Healthy Kid Project is a free educational online program that serves as a call to action for kids and their families to eat healthy. The project, which starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 18, has a six-week curriculum that introduces children to a diet of at least 75 percent plants, abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This starkly contrasts with the typical Western diet, heavy in meat and processed foods.

We’re all on a diet — whatever we choose to eat on a regular basis is what makes up our diet. Yet when people talk about “going on a diet”, what comes to mind first and foremost is deprivation, and who wants to sign up for that? Believe it or not, it is possible to eat food that is good for your health and that delights your taste buds. No one I’ve ever met is motivated to remain on a regimen of foods that offer no enjoyment. The difference between a great meal and one that’s just ho-hum is in the seasoning and method of cooking.

The annual school supplies and backpack drive for low income Alameda students was held in mid-August, readying children for the Aug. 27, school year opening. The Alameda Education Foundation organized the effort, seconded by local school representatives and parents. To avoid contamination during the pandemic, school supplies in sealed kits were inserted into backpacks at the school sites. Alameda Kiwanis Club helped in the deliveries of these large boxes to six schools across the Island. Pictured are Love Elementary School and Kiwanis volunteers.

Beginning this fall, students at Alameda High School, Encinal High School, and ASTI will be able to take an Introduction to Ethnic Studies class designed to help them learn to think critically about issues of ethnicity, identity, service and social justice through a lens of history and sociology.

“Exploring cultural identity allows students to understand themselves more,” said incoming Encinal freshman Izellah Thach. “I think it is a good idea,” added incoming freshman Bonnie Banh. “This new class will open our minds up to many things that people struggle with in our world.”

This year, Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) annual Equipped 4 Success drive will provide vital support in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and consider the needs of both students and teachers during this trying time.

“With Alameda students spending a significant amount of time learning from home this year, school will look quite different for both students and teachers. Friends and colleagues will be missed, anxieties will be heightened, and home internet access will no longer be optional,” said AEF Executive Director Vicki Sedlack.