Local businesses are terrific supporters of the Alameda community. There are many ways that the businesses give back to the community throughout the year, from donating food and gifts for local fundraisers to sponsoring sports teams.
Merchants in the Park Street Business District are especially proud to assist in the educational enrichment of Alameda students. On Wednesday, November 5, a number of businesses are joining together to donate a portion of their sales to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 – enough to adopt four of Alameda’s most underfunded classrooms.
AEF President Bill Sonneman promises that 100% of the Adopt A Classroom donations will be given to the person who knows best what is needed for his/her students — the teacher.
“Teachers have told us how they like being able to choose what the money is used for based on student needs. We especially appreciate ‘open’ or undirected donations that we can give to teachers most in need who may not have the same access to resources as teachers at more affluent schools.” says Bill Sonneman.
Teachers spend an average of $513 annually on supplies and materials for their classrooms, so Adopt A Classroom donations are enormously helpful. But Adopt A Classroom does more than just purchase supplies and materials, it makes a profound impact.
Last year, Downtown Alameda merchants raised $1,500 to help purchase new library books for Maya Lin Elementary and robotic supplies for an after-school class at Wood Middle School. In addition, donations provided an opportunity for students of Island High to discover and reflect on our American history at the Oakland Museum of California.
This year, participating businesses are donating 5-15% of each purchase made during the day to the Adopt A Classroom program.
So get a jump on your holiday gift-buying and help support our local youth… Plan to eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on Wednesday, November 5!
The following retailers will be donating a portion of all purchases on Nov. 5 to the Adopt A Classroom program:
Aphrodite’s Closet (1419 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
Lost City Antiques (1519 Park Street), 10% of all purchases
Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
Pixies & Peony (2305 Santa Clara Ave), – 5% of all purchases
Tracy Zollinger L.Ac. (2424 Blanding Ave, Ste 102) – 10% of all purchases
We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
The following food and drink establishments will be donating a portion of all purchases on Nov. 5 to the Adopt A Classroom program:
Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases
Cafe Q (2302 Encinal Ave) – 15% of all purchases
East End (1650 Park Street, Unit A) – 10% of all purchases, 5:00pm-close
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases
Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases
We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Alameda Collision Repair for donating $500 to sponsor an entire classroom. Please help us raise funds for four more classrooms!
To learn more about the Alameda Education Foundation and the Adopt A Classroom program, please go to www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org/programs/adopt-a-classroom.
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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites.