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Books from Santa – December 19, 2015

The Foundation distributed books at the Dr. Roberto Cruz – Alum Rock Library as part of their Holiday Celebration. Activities included story time with Santa, face painting, Arts & Crafts, entertainment from James Lick High Schools, and holiday refreshments. We gave out over 250 books to kids of all ages! Visit our Facebook Page to see photos of the event.

Reading is a Treat – October 31, 2015

The Foundation distributed hundreds of books at our annual Reading is a Treat event! The event was at the Dr Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library, in collaboration with the San Jose Public Library. District 5 Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco’s office provided 300 glow in the dark necklaces that were distributed with the books and Mayor Sam Liccardo stopped by to join in the fun! Visit our Facebook Page for pictures of the event.

VivaCalleSJ – October 11, 2015

The Foundation was a proud Intersection Sponsor for the inaugural VivaCalleSJ event. VivaCalleSJ Was a free recreational program that closed over 6 miles of scenic San José streets, bringing people and communities together to walk, bike, skate, play and explore the city like never before! The “Downtown and Eastbound” route took participants from the heart of San José’s downtown, through the center of the city, south to Story Road and all the way to the East Side and Emma Prusch Farm Park. Participants were invited to make a pinwheel or bike cards for the spokes of their bikes at the foundation’s intersection at Market & Santa Clara Street. We are looking forward to participating again next year!

Click here for a summary & pictures of the event.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire – September 5, 2015

The Foundation was excited to participate in the first San Jose Mini Maker Faire! Visitors made Personalized Paper Thrones at the Foundation’s booth. Makers created and decorated thrones that included a light (basic circuitry) and reflected their own personality. Everyone had a blast, with over 3,000 people visiting 102 booths at the faire.

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Books for Christmas - December 9, 2014

Over 200 children received a free book after seeing Santa at the Dr Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library’s Holiday Celebration. Santa was there and there were Holiday Games, Arts & Crafts, and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Alum Rock Library. The Joseph George Middle School Band and Alum Rocks Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock performed. The Alum Rock Educational Foundation provided the books for the event.

Books for Treats East San Jose – October 30, 2014

The Alum Rock Educational Foundation, Alum Rock School District, San Jose Library, Youth Connections Foundation and District 5 United sponsored the 2014 Books for Treats event in East San Jose. Books feed children’s minds, while candy only feeds their cavities. The goal was to use the holiday as a means of putting books into children’s hands to encourage reading at home. Over 700 children and their families came to the Dr Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library to get a free book as a treat for Halloween. The library’s teensReach group organized Halloween themed games, arts & crafts and face painting, and Doc Smiley the Clown handed out toothbrushes. There were also healthy snacks available for all. The lines of children stretched around the library!

See the attached Summary for pictures of the event.

AREF Showcase – June 3, 2014

The Alum Rock Educational Foundation held its annual Showcase at San Antonio Elementary School. Information about our Teacher Grant Program, Science Lab, Summer Art Program, and Alum Rock Mariachi Program was available, We also had several teachers sharing their AREF Grant funded projects. The Alum Rock Jazz Band and the Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock performed during the event. Thanks t=you to everyone who attended and donated to support our programs.

See the attached Summary for pictures of the event.

Books for Christmas – December 2013

On December 11, 2013, the Alum Rock Educational Foundation, Youth Connections Foundation, and Friends of the Alum Rock Library handed out over 100 books to school age children attending the annual “Light Up the Village” holiday event in Alum Rock Village.

The Alum Rock Educational Foundation and Youth Connections Foundation also donated 300 books to Grail Family Services for distribution to children and families participating in their Early Literacy programs.

Books for Treats – October 30, 2013

The Alum Rock Educational Foundation, Youth Connections Foundation and District 5 United sponsored the first Books for Treats event in East San Jose. Books feed children’s minds, while candy only feeds their cavities. The goal was to use the holiday as a means of putting books into children’s hands to encourage reading at home. Over 500 children came to the Alum Rock Youth Center to get a free book as a treat for Halloween. There were also healthy snacks and a Haunted House hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Event organizers hope to expand the event to two sites in East San Jose next year.

See the attached summary for pictures of the event.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Forum - October 29, 2013

The Alum Rock Educational Foundation, the CA Latino School Boards Association, and District 5 United hosted a community discussion on California’s new Local Control Funding Formula and the impact of implementation on students and districts. Superintendent Xavier De La Torre led a presentation from the Santa Clara County Office of Education on the nuts and bolts of the funding formula. There was also a panel discussion including representatives from Public Advocates, Education Trust – West, the California Teachers Association, and Californians for Justice. Californians for Justice also led a “Community Dialogue,” reporting out on the input from parents, students, community members and local education leaders. Over 65 people attended the event, which was held at the James Lick High School Library. A video of the forum and the presentations are available at:

http://www.district5united.org/local-control-funding-formula-videos-and-presenations/


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