We’re thrilled to announce the grantees for our FALL 2019 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 we’ve awarded by 45%!  Altogether, we granted $109,000 this Fall to fund 86 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.

Classroom Project Grantees

Acorn Woodland Elementary School Field trip to Angel Island Immigration Station
Ascend Climate Change Field Trip Travels
Ascend Dancing Cultures
Bella Vista Elementary School Special Education Literacy Centers
Bret Harte Middle School Gecko Lizards for Newcomers
Bret Harte Middle School Self Defense for Students with Visual Impairments
Brookfield Elementary School 5th Grade Camping/Outdoor Education
Burbank Preschool Center Now We Know Our ABCs
Burbank Preschool Center Pre-K Play Yard Beautification
Carl B. Munck Speech and Language Assessment Tools
Castlemont High School Diversifying Classroom Library for Newcomers
Castlemont High School Express Art Therapy & Poetry Group
Castlemont High School International Students’ Cultural Events
Civicorps Academy PBL Module: Filming the A’s Stadium
Coliseum College Prep Black Student Union Conference
Coliseum College Prep Launching a Black Student Union
East Oakland Pride Elementary School Yoga For All
East Oakland Pride Elementary School Stanford University Field Trip
Elmhurst United Middle School College and Professional Sports Field Trips
Emerson Elementary School Recess Makeover
Envision Academy Gardening for Special Education Classes
Envision Academy Reading Fluency!
Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy Special Ed Field Trips
Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy Migration is Beautiful Mural
Fruitvale Elementary School Museum of Digital Arts Field Trip
Greenleaf Elementary School Scholastic Readers
Home & Hospital Program Specialized Technology At Home
Hoover Elementary School 3rd Grade End of Year Activities
Hoover Elementary School Literacy Learning Lab
Horace Mann Elementary School Bringing STEM to Horace Mann Families
Howard Elementary School 3rd Grade Field Trips
La Escuelita Elementary School To the Farm We Go!
Laurel Elementary School Field Trip to California Academy of Sciences
Life Academy Biking California on Two Wheels
Life Academy Day of Solidarity
Life Academy Bringing Dance Programs to Oakland Youth
Lincoln Elementary School Learning about the World through Art
Lockwood CDC Animals from Everywhere
Madison Park Academy 6 – 12 A World Without Fish
Madison Park Academy Primary Citizen Science: San Leandro Creek Water Quality Test
Madison Park Academy Primary All School Science Fair
Madison Park Academy Primary Room 13 Rainy Day Closet
Manzanita Community School Flexible Seating for Students with ADHD
Manzanita Community School Child Climate Activists
Markham Elementary School Perseverance through Art
Markham Elementary School Assessing and Supporting Social/Emotional Learning
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Benches at MLK so we can sit!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Literacy Building
McClymonds High School Young Empowered Sistas Community Services Projects
McClymonds High School Hands On Science Experiments
MetWest High School Distorted Eyes See Hot Colored Water (Hands-on Science!)
MetWest High School College Trip for Junior Class
Montera Middle School Social Skills Program
New Highland Academy Spiders from All Points of View
Oakland International High School Building Mentorship and Community through Children’s Literature
Oakland SOL Award-Winning Poets and Writers of Color in the Classroom
OUSD / Itinerant Special Education Teachers   Real Object-books
Parker Elementary School Crossing the Bay Bridge for the First Time
Piedmont Avenue Elementary School TK Students go to Chabot Space and Science
Prescott Pre-K Outdoor Education
Ralph J. Bunche High School Hands on STEAM Projects
Reach Academy MOSAIC Camp
Roosevelt Middle School Newcomer Book Room
Sequoia Elementary School The Five Senses
Think College Now Third Grade Microscopes
United For Success Academy Sensory Room
Urban Promise Academy Community Garden, Warriors for Justice Community Space
Urban Promise Academy 7th Grade Trip to Cal Academy of Sciences
Urban Promise Academy Girls Outdoor Club
Urban Promise Academy Camping for Land Stewardship
Vincent Academy Try it Truck!
Vincent Academy Musical Support
Westlake Middle School College 4 All

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

Acorn Woodland Elementary School Full Day Pre-K Readiness
Aspire ERES Academy United Soccer Coaches
Bridges Academy California Association for Bilingual Education Conference
Cox Academy California Kindergarten Conference
Global Family School Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Foundations Seminar
Grass Valley Elementary School California Kindergarten Conference
Lighthouse Community Charter American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference
Manzanita Community School Strategies and Resources for Arts Integration, Alameda County Office of Education Integrated Learning
McClymonds High School California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth
Montera Middle School California Industrial and Technology Education Association Annual Conference
Ralph J. Bunche High School Geographic Information Systems training
Redwood Heights Elementary School California Mathematics Council Annual Conference
Think College Now School-Wide Teacher Wellness
United For Success Academy California Mathematics Council Conference