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Parents hold Webster Street appreciation night

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Nearly a dozen Alameda PTAs are urging parents to shop and dine on Webster Street next Friday, December 17 to thank businesses there for supporting local schools. “An Evening of Appreciation on Webster Street” takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 17.

“Go to restaurant you may not have tried before, check out shops you may not have noticed previously. Then keep going back!” said Jennifer Laird, co-president of Franklin Elementary’s PTA.

The event includes a free wine reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Webster’s special Winter Island tent that includes cider and hot cocoa and activities for kids, and that’s sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association. The tent is at the corner of Webster Street and Pacific Avenue.

Parents are also invited to shop, dine and visit with merchants along Webster Street as part of the event, which is being supported by PTAs at The Academy of Alameda Middle School, Bay Farm Elementary, Edison Elementary, Encinal High School, Franklin Elementary, Lum Elementary, Nea Community Learning Center, Otis Elementary, Paden Elementary, Ruby Bridges Elementary and Washington Elementary schools.

“I think we are surprised and grateful for the outpouring of support form the parent community. It truly shows how the community can work together to better the schools and to improve business,” West Alameda Business Association Executive Director Kathy Moehring said.

The event marks a dramatic turnaround from earlier this year, when Alameda made national headlines on skirmishes between supporters of the Measure E parcel tax measure and a Webster Street merchant. Moehring said the long, inclusive process for drafting the tax this time out allowed a consensus to be built. Her association endorsed the tax on November 30.

That said, Laird said this isn’t an event about the parcel tax, but to thank WABA for their support for Alameda schools.

“Like businesses across Alameda, WABA merchants have donated food for PTA events and donated items for raffles and auctions. But the funding crisis facing Alameda schools is beyond what can be raised by raffles and auctions. So I’m personally grateful for WABA’s early endorsement of the replacement school tax and I wanted to do something with that gratitude,” she said. Laird said response from other PTAs has been “tremendous.”

For more information, contact Lorrie Murray at lorrieann_m@yahoo.com or Laird, at jenniferalaird@yahoo.com.

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