Show totally wrong for students to see
On March 14, I chaperoned a bunch of fifth-graders who were invited by Alameda High School staff to come see their new show, "All Shook Up."
After watching this musical consisting of sexual themes, drinking references, jokes about teen pregnancies and countless suggestive sayings and actions, the fifth-graders and accompanying adults and I were stunned.
During the show, at intermission and after the show, many fifth-graders commented on how inappropriate the show was and asked: "Why were we brought to see this, especially as part of school?"
This discussion with the children lasted way after the show was over. I am very concerned when fifth-graders know that this kind of show is inappropriate and the Alameda High School staff does not.
Thanks for February classroom donations
Each month, the Alameda Education Foundation presents teachers with $500 grants as part of its Adopt A Classroom program. Teachers use the funds to support unique learning opportunities in their classrooms. As of February, AEF has distributed $62,000 to teachers.
I would like to thank February's generous donors:
The Prudential Foundation on behalf of The Tamaoki Family; Anne DeBardeleben, Harbor Bay Realty, Katie DeVries and Melissa Marsh; The Fenelon-Schoenrock Family; Kenny Leung and
Adoptions were made at the following schools: Encinal High School, Haight Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Paden Elementary and Wood Middle.
The March adoptions are now complete, and we are closed for this school year. If anyone wants to adopt it will gladly go to the fall. More information is available and donations can be made at www.alamedaeducation.org.
Kathleen C. Woulfe
Adopt A Classroom Chair Alameda Education Foundation
Editor's note: fifth-grade students at Alameda's Edison Elementary School wrote the following letters about Alameda County's ban on free plastic bags at grocery stores that took effect Jan. 1.
Bag ban a great rule
Alameda's plastic bag ban is great because there will be less plastic in the estuaries, and it will be better for our environment.
There are one million plastic bags being used each minute. Plastic bags take about 1,000 years to degrade. Every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic in it. And about one million plastic bags are consumed by sea animals every day, which often kills them.
People can purchase paper bags for 10 cents each. There are some drawbacks to paper bags, such as the number of trees that are needed to be cut down to make them. Plastic bags are worse, though, because they use up too much of the earth's fossil fuel.
Cloth bags are the best choice because they don't use too many natural resources to make them and they last a long time. Cloth bags will not end up in landfills as quickly. Neither paper nor plastic is good for the environment. Cloth bags are the best choice.
Bags must be reduced
I am a big supporter of reusable bags. The Alameda County Bag Ban is a great opportunity for a cleaner environment.
Everywhere, I see plastic bags skittering down the freeway or floating along down the estuary. Sadly, most of those came from careless people just tossing their trash behind their backs.
About 10,000 tons of plastic bags go to Alameda County's landfills every year. But, if recycled, they can cause processing equipment problems at the recycling facilities. And most plastic bags don't even get recycled. Only one to three percent of plastic bags are made into new things.
I may like paper bags more than plastic, but I would not want them in a perfect world. Approximately 10 billion paper bags are produced each year, and about 14 million trees are cut down to make these. The paper bags are better than plastic bags, but reusable bags are best.
The bag ban is a perfect way to motivate us to use reusable bags. It's a great way to make a cleaner and greener world.
Carry reusable bags
I think that the bag ban is great. It helps the marine life. According to the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, plastic bags cause the most pollution in Alameda County's waterways.
Some people are complaining about the 10-cent cost for paper bags, but what they should do is use reusable bags. They're not too expensive and are a better choice for the environment.
Plastic bags are terrible to marine animals. One of the turtle's main foods is a jellyfish. Jellyfish look a lot like plastic bags. When they eat a plastic bag that looks like a jellyfish, they will sometimes die.
If you want to keep the marine life safe and not pollute the air you should use reusable bags. So the next time you go to the grocery store, remember to help the environment and bring or buy reusable bags.
Bag ban right thing
Starting Jan. 1, there has been a ban on plastic bags in Alameda County. This ban has helped in many different ways.
The ban has helped encourage people to bring their own reusable bag. Before the ban, many people bought their groceries and didn't worry about bringing their own bag. But now, things have changed. They either have to bring their own reusable bag or pay 10 cents for a paper bag.
Plastic bags are handy for errands, and they can be reused. For example, some people use them to throw away their dog's waste. Unfortunately, plastic bags will eventually have to go into the landfill anyway. If you don't want to have to pay extra money for a paper bag, I suggest keeping reusable bags in your car just in case you forget them at home.
Keeping our Earth clean does not only help people; it can also help many other living animals. If we all work together, we can make a difference. Go green.