Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation is to secure contributions and support from individuals, groups, businesses and other organizations for the benefit of alternative education students and programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Vision Statement

The MDAEF will expand and strengthen the network of academic and social support that empowers alternative students as they become productive, successful members of our community.

The Dick Allen Award

The Dick Allen award was established in 2006 to honor someone or a group of people who have contributed "above and beyond" to the alternative students and programs of the alternative high schools in MDUSD. The first award was presented to Dick Allen (pictured on right) and named in his honor. Dick taught for many years and was the original administrator of alternative education programs in MDUSD. After his retirement he was elected to the MDUSD Board of Education.  He continues to server on the board and is a strong supporter of alternative education.

In 2007 the Dick Allen Award was given to Andrew Johnson, (pictured on left) Comcast Regional Vice President, Communications.  Not only was Mr. Johnson in part responsible for a $50,000 donation to MDAEF in association with the October 2006 Comcast Cares Day at Olympic HS; he went above and beyond by actively getting involved with Olympic students. He attended many Leadership Class meetings, assisted students in learning and practicing leadership skills and helping them put on the first school prom in more than 15 years.

MDAEF Accomplishments in 2006-07

Awarded eleven mini grants to teachers for technology, materials, and field trips totaling $5000

Awarded ten $600 scholarships to graduates in June 2007

Set up “Heart Funds” at each school totaling $2050. These funds will be used for critical/emergency student needs such as food, transportation, and clothing

Held the First Annual MDAEF Softball Tournament in May 2006; Mt. Diablo HS staff won

Held the Second Annual MDAEF Softball Tournament in May 2007; Olympic HS students won

Dick Allen, MDUSD School Board Trustee, received the first annual Dick Allen Award for being an exemplary supporter of alternative education

Received a $50,000 donation from Comcast

Received tax exempt status from the IRS

Grant Awards 2007-08 School Year

Crossroads   -  Samantha Allen and Kristi Johnson  -  Rolling cart and books
Gateway   -  Angela Hunter  - Portable PA system for outdoor fine arts curriculum
Horizons Home Study   -  Julie Kipper   -  Software for website development
Olympic (Alliance) / Center for Independent Study   -  Peter Holm/Donna Rivers - Parenting education materials for teen mothers
Olympic (Alliance)   -  Ron Mikuni   -  Science materials and equipment
Olympic   -  Jesse Forsland and Nancy Krajcar   -  Field trip to Yosemite National Park
Olympic   -  Cindy Coleman, Bill King, Sachiko Hoshide, Bonnie Neumann, Craig Blyeth - Quizdom System
Prospect   -  Michael Clause and Sol Henik   -  Field trip to the Tech Museum of Innovation, Body World 2 exhibit




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