What a Wonderful World

We are happy to share a collection of good news from around Alameda County schools

Pleasanton Unified School District

Pleasanton's Amador Valley High Pleasanton Unified's Amador Valley High School recently hosted a spirited line of staff, families and students holding signs with positive messages to greet students as they arrived at school.

The event, coordinated by the Amador Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Committee and Counseling Team, Amador Associated Student Body, LINK and Journalism Programs, is an expression of the school's commitment to the social and emotional wellness of students and staff. 

Read more and see photos of this event.

Alameda Unified School District

Alameda Unified student's butterfly art in support of immigrant children This summer, 6th grade Alameda Unified student Kaia Marbin decided she needed to do something about the detention of immigrant children in the United States.

Marbin and her friend, Lily Ellis, who attends school in Berkeley, made butterflies out of recyclable and upcycled materials, including construction paper, magazines, and paper coffee filters. The girls’ parents took to social media with #butterflyeffectmigration posts in hopes of inspiring other people to start making their own butterflies and to take action.

Children and adults from across the United States have made butterflies, as have teams in London, Brazil and Zimbabwe. Alameda City Hall, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, East Bay Children’s Law Offices, and ZooLabs have installations of the butterflies, with many others requesting an installation.

Amnesty International is partnering on the project, reaching out to its 500 chapters for butterfly-making support and supporting students to develop background materials and suggested actions for people interested in helping children held in detention centers.

Read more and find out how you can participate.

Dublin Unified School District

Dublin's Frederiksen Elementary "One School, One Book" project Last month Dublin Unified's Frederiksen Elementary School participated in "One School, One Book a program that brings staff and students together over a shared reading experience.

Every classroom and all staff read "A Bike Like Sergio's," a book about a boy who does the right thing even though it's hard.

As part of the project, classroom discussions were held to discuss the book and its message. Some students created videos discussing their connection to the book, one class held a Socratic seminar, and classified staff engaged students in discussions about their favorite characters.

Read more about this program.


Newark Unified School District

Newark's Graham Elementary cutting the ribbon on a mini-pitch Newark Unified's Graham Elementary installed a new state-of-the-art soccer field for its student through Safe Places to Play, a program of the U.S Soccer Federation.

The mini-pitch was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November, and was made possible by sponsors including Target and Think Together. 

Learn more about Safe Places to Play.

Fremont Unified School District

We send congratulations to Shreya Ramachandran, a student at Fremont Unified's American High School, who was honored with a Children's Climate Prize in Stockholm, Sweden in November.

Ramachandran founded The Grey Water Project, a nonprofit that promotes the reuse of grey water and water conservation through policy, advocacy, outreach and curricula. 

Learn more about The Grey Water Project, and view an ABC7 News segment featuring Ramachandran.