We’re thrilled to announce the grantees for our Fall 2018 A to Z Fund grants. Each one of these projects will support Oakland students to dream bigger and explore possibilities they might not have imagined otherwise.


If you made a donation to our A to Z Fund this year, thank you! You not only made these grants possible, you helped us increase the amount awarded by 25%. Altogether, we granted nearly $76,000 this fall to fund 57 school projects and teacher training opportunities.


We look forward to sharing stories from each grantee in our emails and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. New to the A to Z Fund? Learn more here.

General Grantees


Allendale Elementary School: Capoeira Kids

• Alliance Academy: Art Therapy for Trauma and Loss

• Ascend: Building our identity as makers

• Ascend: MOSAIC Project Outdoor School

• Bella Vista Elementary School: Restorative Justice Kits

• Bret Harte Middle School: Bobcats Building Bridges, Community, and Resilience

• Bret Harte Middle School: Bus Passes for Newcomers

• Bridges Academy at Melrose: Spanish Guided Reading Leveled Library

• Burckhalter Elementary School: Monterey Bay Aquarium

• Castlemont High School: Support In Initiating Castlemont’s First PTSA

• Castlemont High School: Supplies for Newcomer Mental Health Space

• Castlemont High School: AP Literature Training

• Cleveland Elementary School: Arts in Ecology School Garden Project

• Coliseum College Preparatory Academy: College tour

• Coliseum College Preparatory Academy: Outdoor Education Field Trip for Sixth Graders

• Community United Elementary School: Growing Scholars, One Soundtrack at a Time

• Encompass Academy: Wobble chairs to support SPED students’ focus

• Esperanza Elementary School: Fun at the Exploratorium and sensory integration

• Fremont High School: Blood Typing Lab

• Frick Impact Academy: Essential Reading Intervention Program

• Futures Elementary School: Our Future is Healthy

• Garfield Elementary School: Scholastic News Resources 5th Grade–Multilevels

• Horace Mann Elementary School: Plant Wonders: A Sensory Walk

• La Escuelita Elementary School: Mindfulness in Room 140

• La Escuelita Elementary School: To The Farm We Go

• Laurel Elementary School: Laurel Lego Lair

• Lazear Academy: Martial Arts & Boxing for Middle Schoolers

• Lighthouse Community Charter School (K – 12): Guest Speaker for Gun Violence Unit

• Lockwood CDC: Tumble Express Bus A Gym on Wheels

• Madison Park Academy 6 – 12: MPA Camping Extravaganza

• Manzanita Seed: Foundational Spanish Language Development

• MetWest High School: Wilderness Crew

• Montera Middle School: Toro Reading Club

• Montera Middle School: Visit to the Zoo

• Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy: HBCU Tours

• Oakland High School: RISE Academy Senior Field Trip

• Oakland High School: CAL (Culture Art Language) lunch club

• Oakland International High School: Community Making Experiences for Advisory

• Oakland International High School: Architecture & Design Post Session Class

• Oakland Technical High School: Intelligent Movement

• Oakland Technical High School: San Francisco Zoo

• Place@Prescott: supplies for students who have learning disabilities

• Roosevelt Middle School: Free Book Room

• Roosevelt Middle School: NOAA Marine Science Outreach Program

• OUSD Special Education: Overnight Camp for Blind Students

• OUSD Special Education: Independent Living Skills for Young Adults

• Urban Promise Academy: Girls Discover the Outdoors Club

• West Oakland Middle School: 3d modeling and coding

Past A to Z Fund Grantees (clockwise from top): Bret Harte newcomer students at Angel Island State Park Immigration Station Museum, Sojourner Truth Independent Study students learn about ethnobotany at Leona Canyon, Garfield Elementary students explore sustainable agriculture and cooking at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Professional Development Grantees


• Bella Vista Elementary School: IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training

• Burbank Preschool Center: Audiology Cochlear Implant Team Conference

• Castlemont High School: Every Child Counts Symposium

• Grass Valley Elementary School: California Kindergarten Association conference

• Home & Hospital Program: Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison (HEAL) National Conference

• Learning Without Limits: American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention

• Madison Park Academy: TK-5 Writing Project would support transitioning to the Common Core State Standards

• Oakland Technical High School: School Based Restorative Practices Facilitator

• Roosevelt Middle School: California Science Teachers Association Conference