Alameda Businesses Help Students to be “Equipped 4 Success”

Equipped 4 Success is a community-wide school supply drive to collect school supplies for low-income Alameda public school students. The goal is to collect enough school supplies to fill backpacks for 1,000 students (kindergarten through 12th grade) so that they can be ready to learn on the first day of school. To help the Alameda Education Foundation meet the goal, a number of businesses in the Park Street Business District are pitching in to host collection bins.

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Education budget shortfalls mean longer lists of supplies that families must provide, and many just can’t afford it. Last year, 900 filled backpacks were distributed to students and more are expected to be needed this year.

The backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the following organizations: Alameda Education FoundationAlameda Unified School DistrictAlameda Point CollaborativeAlameda Boys & Girls ClubHead StartGirls Inc., and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families.

“Students need to be ready to go day one, with all the supplies they need,” says Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation and a former principal.  “If a student falls behind, they may never catch up.”

Equipped 4 Success Collection BinSchool supplies may be dropped off at any of the following PSBA member businesses now through August 19: 

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street

C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, 1211 Park Street

Gallagher & Lindsey Realtors, 2424 Central Ave

Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

Lee Auto Supply (NAPA Auto Parts), 1525 Park Street

Luna’s Longstockings, 1241 Park Street #B

Monkey Bars, 1339 Park Street

Park Street Plaza, 1419 Park Street

Progressive Education Center, 1361 Park Street, Suite 210

Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave

Scott’s Shoes, 1330 Park Street #B

Second Home, 2524 Santa Clara Ave

The Child Unique Montessori School, 2226 Encinal Ave

The Clothes Line, 1407 1/2 Park Street

The Marketplace, 1650 Park Street

The Sewing Room & Style Lounge, 2434 Webb Ave

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street

For a complete list of items being accepted, please visit AEF’s website at

Thank you for supporting Alameda’s students!

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