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AEF Celebrates Volleyball Season, Art Across the Island

Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) is a community-based nonprofit program that supports educational opportunities, innovation and equity for Alameda public school K-12 students. Enrichment programs include athletics, art and crafts, performing arts, math, science, technology, languages, writing, and more.

Alameda Post - middle schoolers play volleyball
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Middle school volleyball

AEF Middle School Sports 2023 volleyball season is underway, with 10 teams and 142 student athletes from seven middle schools competing. The program is open to students who are enrolled in Alameda Unified and Charter public middle schools (grades 6-8).

All AEF volleyball matches are held at the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department (ARPD) Alameda Point Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. (Division II) and 5 p.m. (Division I). New rules in place this year require that all student spectators must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students (6th grade and above must show a student I.D.) and children under 5 are free. Season passes are $25 for adults and $15 for students, and may be purchased at the gate (cash is preferred).

See the full season schedule online. Learn more about AEF Middle School Volleyball.

AEF also offers Girls Basketball starting in November, Boys Basketball starting in January, and Track & Field in the spring.

Alameda Post - student artworks from Art Across the Island program
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Art Across the Island displays student art around town

More than 4,000 pieces of student work have been displayed since AEF’s Art Across the Island program started in 2016. Every Alameda public school has participated in the program, and the displays have been featured on the walls of local businesses, in all three of Alameda’s public libraries, at the College of Alameda library, and at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Current displays around Alameda, available for viewing until October 31, include:

  • “A Community Garden,” featuring works by advanced multimedia students from Alameda High, showcases plants with characteristic that reflect the students’ own attributes. On display in the children’s section of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.
  • Students in Island High’s Fab Lab present photos of what they have designed on the school’s 3D printer, from small toys to medical prototypes. On display at the West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Otis third graders inspired by the work of Japanese painter Yayoi Kusama created watercolor pumpkins pasted to backgrounds with swirling color. On display at Bay Farm Island Library, 3221 Mecartney Rd.
  • Ruby Bridges students drew cakes inspired by artist Wayne Thiebaud to make readers hungry for cookbooks. On display at Books Inc., 1344 Park St.
  • A sampling of student work includes printmaking from Edison Elementary and Wood Middle School; chalk landscapes from Bay Farm and Love; multimedia work from Alameda High; photography from Island; line drawing from Earhart, Lincoln Middle and Encinal High; watercolors from Paden and Ruby Bridges;  work influenced by Matisse and Mondrian from Franklin and Otis; graffiti from Bay Farm Middle; and collage from Maya Lin. On display at Lilac Dress Boutique, 1918 Encinal Ave.
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