We’re thrilled to announce the grantees for our Spring 2017 A to Z Fund Mini-grants, the first of many rounds to come. From field trips that inspire and grow new life skills to projects that rejuvenate on-campus science labs, libraries, and arts classrooms, each one of the grantees will invite and support Oakland students to dream bigger and explore possibilities they might not have imagined otherwise.


Big thanks to everyone who has contributed to our A to Z Fund since it launched in October 2016—you made these mini-grants possible! Altogether, we granted nearly $33,000 to schools for amazing projects. We look forward to sharing stories from each grantee in our emails and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pre-K & TK Grantees


• Lockwood State Pre-K: field trip to Oakland Zoo for Pre-K students who have never been, plus a visiting artist to engage kids with art projects inspired by the animals they encounter.


• Achieve Academy: field trip for Transitional Kindergarten students to Children’s Fairyland, plus purchase of fairytale puppets so students can reenact the narratives they have learned and strengthen their grasp of story and perspective.


• United Nation CDC: art supplies and visiting artist from the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland to provide age-appropriate art instruction to 10 classrooms.


• Centro Infantil, Stonehurst CDC, and Jefferson CDC: visit by Oakland Zoomobile to three preschool programs, expanding students’ understanding of animals studied in the classroom.


• Manzanita CDC: add two new raised beds to school garden and purchase supplies for preschool students’ spring planting, learning science, social emotional skills, math, responsibility, health, and fine motor skills. See photos of the gardening in progress!


• Bridges Academy at Melrose (TK): school-wide multicultural festival on June 2 will celebrate all students’ cultures, with traditional dance performances, craft demonstrations, and food.


• Bella Vista CDC: purchase materials so preschool students can engage with”Loose Parts” curriculum developed by their teacher, which encourages practice of scientific method, high-level thinking, and expressive language through play.


• Community United and Bella Vista (TK/K): materials to support after-school math curriculum pilot that teaches Common Core math principles in a sensory-rich and developmentally appropriate manner.

K-12 Grantees


• Bret Harte Middle School: back country camping trip with Outward Bound for 12 newcomer girls to build leadership skills, community, and self-empowerment.


• International Community School: field trip to Trader Joe’s where students will apply their study of nutrition and budget basics in a real-life setting to prepare a picnic together. Check out photos here!


• McClymonds High School: restoration of the chemistry program at McClymonds High School with a fully functioning lab to prepare students for college and beyond.


• McClymonds High School, Frick Middle School, Fremont High School, Bret Harte Middle School, Skyline High School: purchase of books for students to use in “The Griots of Oakland” Story Circles, where they will build knowledge in personal reflection and storytelling, oral history, anthropology, and more.


• Alliance Academy: Half-day Ropes Course at UC Berkeley for students enrolled in Manhood Development Program to practice leadership and collaboration skills.


• United for Success Academy: update athletic equipment to give students more options for activity at lunchtime and during Physical Education classes.


• Acorn Woodland Elementary: overnight field trip to Hidden Villa where 4th-grade students can enhance science learning on a working organic farm. At left is a photo from the trip!

• Allendale Elementary: restock the school library with books that reflect current diversity of cultures (average publication date of books was 1992!), including related activities to engage students with holidays and other celebrations.


• Franklin Elementary: design and creation of a mural by students to reflect their studies of immigration and water stories, including a visiting artist and “community paint days.”


• Urban Montessori School: instruments, recording equipment, and a visiting artist to support students to compose and rehearse creative music systems using different percussion styles, voice/poetry, and dance.


• Achieve Academy: field trip for three kindergarten classes to visit Aquarium of the Bay and enrich their classroom learning about the ocean.


• Parker Elementary: field trip to San Francisco Center for the Book and the American Bookbinder’s Museum to invite 5th-grade students to see books in a new way.


• Fremont High School: field trip for 50 newcomer students to watch I am Not Your Negro at Oakland’s historic Grand Lake Theatre and enrich their study of U.S. racial, cultural, and political history.


• Roses in Concrete: materials to launch a new Dungeons & Dragons Club as a fun and interactive way for students to build math, science, reading, social skills, and critical thinking skills after school.


• Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary: field trip to the San Francisco Exploratorium, where students can see the STEM principles studied in their classroom brought to life.


• Lazear Charter Academy: field trip to and tour of Stanford University to inspire 3rd-grade students to dream big about college.


• Skyline High School: books and honorarium for artist in residence working with beginning and intermediate drama students on master classes exploring mass incarceration, state violence, and racial justice.