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Wilma Chan Donates to Island High Basketball Team (10/16/2014)

Wilma Chan Donates $6000 to Island High Basketball Team

Funds to help make up for grant loss this year


Thurs. October 16, 2014 — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan presented a $6000 check to Island High School today to help it pay for its afterschool basketball program.


In the past, Island High School's sports programs, which also include indoor soccer and volleyball teams, were funded via a federal 21st Century ASSETs grant. This year, Island High and Encinal High did not receive that grant, as the state decided to distribute the funds to districts with higher percentages of low-income students. That has put Island High's sports programs, as well as both schools' other afterschool programs (such as tutoring, credit recovery opportunities, job skills, and leadership training) at risk.


"Due to the loss of funding, we are unable to provide the same level of wrap-around support for our students before and after school as we did in the past," said Ben Washofsky, principal of Island High School. "This is a continuation school, whose students have historically struggled with accessing their education. The afterschool programs at Island were often the first way students re-engaged with their education so that they could eventually graduate."


Continuation high schools serve students who are at risk for not graduating from a comprehensive high school. The school's sports teams, who play in a league comprised only of continuation high schools, are especially crucial to its students.


“We are so grateful to Supervisor Chan for this donation,” Washofsky said. "The sports program at Island gave many students a reason to feel proud of their school, to engage in healthy competition, and to have some fun. By setting requirements around attendance and credit earning, the sports program also became a great motivator for students struggling to find success in education. Students that played on the team saw their attendance and credit earning improve. Playing on the team also helped students forge new friendships and connections with other students.”


The $6000 check will go towards transportation, uniforms, and coaches for the Island basketball team. 


"You may think that what you need doesn't count and that elected officials don't pay attention," Supervisor Chan told the students in a brief ceremony at Island High today. "But if we don't know what's happening, we can't do anything. If you have a problem, call us. If folks hadn't told us about this afterschool issue, we wouldn't have known."


Interim Superintendent Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D., also attended the ceremony. "I want to thank Wilma Chan," he told the students. "When the afterschool funding dropped out, she heard your plea and responded to it."


The school is taking donations to help fund more of its afterschool programs. Community members can send donations to Island High School, After School Program, 500 Pacific Ave, Alameda, CA  94501.  Or call the school's office manager, Tonya Morgan, at 510.748.4024 x101.





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Posted by: Susan Davis, District Staff, Alameda Unified School District Published:10/16/14
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