Members of the Albany Education Foundation recently brought early holiday cheer to the various schools in Albany in the form of mini grants. Teachers from all grade levels from the Children’s Center to the high schools apply for grants ranging from visits to the schools from the Oakland Zoomobile, and Kids for the Bay to books on anti-bullying and diversity, a mural project and popular the Hearts on Solano art project. Also included were grants for multiple sites.
It is the highlight of the year for the AEF board members to visit the various classrooms delivering grant checks to the teachers. Both they and the students are thrilled and appreciative to receive the awards. Their smiles and thanks make all of the efforts raising money to provide the grants worthwhile.
A total of $20,862.90 was awarded in the form of 54 grants. Also donated was a Sally Outis Block Grant for $1000.00 to support the Writer Coach program at Albany Middle School.
Another Block Grant was recently awarded to purchase a bassoon for the Albany High School music program. Donations were also made from the “piano fund” to both Albany Middle School and Albany High School.
Funds for the mini grant and other Albany Education Foundation programs come from donations by parents, school staff and community members. Two upcoming and fun events to benefit AEF are the 4th Annual Chocolate and Champagne Gala on February 9 and First Monday Pizza at Little Star Pizza where 10% of the day’s proceeds are donated to AEF. Your support at these events will help to ensure AEF continue its work for the Albany Schools.