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School Supply Drive
Help outfit needy Alameda students with what they need for the new school year by pitching in to make this fall’s countywide Equipped 4 Success school supply drive a big success. The Alameda Education Foundation, Alameda Unified School District, the Alameda Point Collaborative, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club and the Alameda Collaborative for Youth and Families are pulling together to distribute 800 filled backpacks to low-income students served by AUSD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Program, APC and ABGC.
The program accepts cash donations and supplies. Mail monetary donations to AEF, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA, 94502 and indicate “school supply drive.” Supporters can also contribute via the AEF website, alamedaeducationfoundation.org. For a complete list of new items being sought and where to drop them off, visit the AEF website. The drive began June 29 and continues through Aug. 18.
Katie Murphy, principal of Piedmont’s Corpus Christi School, has earned the 2012 National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Principal Award. She is one of 12 Catholic school principals from around the nation selected for the honor.
Murphy, a principal for 31 years, has served as the top Corpus Christi administrator since 1989, and she received the award in April at the NCEA convention in Boston where she was recognized for her successes in leadership related to curriculum, staff morale, community support and student achievement as well as for her inspirational ability.
Distinguished Elementary Schools
The following San Francisco Bay Area schools have been cited as 2012 Distinguished Elementary Schools by the California School Recognition Program. The California Department of Education notes, “The [CSRP] honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.”
Alameda: Amelia Earhart Elementary, Donald D. Lum Elementary
Berkeley: Malcolm X Elementary
Castro Valley: Chabot Elementary, Independent Elementary, Jensen Ranch Elementary, Palomares Elementary, Vannoy Elementary
Dublin: James Doughtery Elementary, John Green Elementary
Fremont: Forest Park Elementary, Glenmoor Elementary, Hirsch Elementary, J. Haley Durham Elementary, Oliveira Elementary, Parkmont Elementary, Warm Springs Elementary Livermore: Altamont Creek Elementary, Arroyo Seco Elementary
Oakland: Acorn Woodland Elementary, Henry J. Kaiser Elementary Pleasanton: Fairlands Elementary
Contra Costa County
Concord: Highlands Elementary
Discovery Bay: Discovery Bay Elementary, Timber Point Elementary
Hercules: Hanna Ranch Elementary
Martinez: John Swett Elementary, Morello Park Elementary
Pittsburg: Lose Medanos Elementary
Richmond: Olinda Elementary
Novato: Lu Sutton Elementary, San Ramon Elementary
San Rafael: Sun Valley Elementary
San Francisco: Alice Fong Yu Elementary, Dianne Feinstein Elementary, Edward R. Taylor Elementary, Frank McCoppin Elementary, John Yehall Chin Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, New Traditions Elementary, Sherman Elementary
Calling All Heroes
The first of six planned large-scale murals celebrating super heroes — part of the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project — was unveiled in July at San Pablo Avenue and 35th Street under the Interstate 580 freeway. Inspired by Amana Harris’ book Self As Super Heroes, the mural was completed by McClymonds High School students in an effort to “beautify, uplift and bring light to” Oakland and seeks to depict social justice – oriented super heroes. Harris is associate director of Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc., an Oakland creative and educational program, and she worked with artist Aaron De La Cruz. The city of Oakland, the West Oakland Project Area Committee and CalTrans supported Harris and AHC in the process. Funding is needed for the other murals. For more information, visit www.oaklandmuralproject.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 652-5530.