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Contact: L. Autumn King, Public Information Officer, (510) 670-7754,

Elementary School Student Inspires Board of Education to Stitch

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016

Oakland, CA- Students in the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten classes at Community School for Creative Education (CSCE) started the school year blanketed in love. Members from the Tri-Cities’ League of Volunteers (LOV) donated time and talent to sew blankets for the youngest children of CSCE.

Brooklyn Sisk, a fifth grade student at Oliveria Elementary School in Fremont, has been leading an on-going service project sewing lap blankets and distributing them to the homeless. She enjoyed her work so much that she decided to expand the giving and an idea was born to make blankets for a school.

On August 22nd, the first day of school for CSCE, 64 blankets were presented to the TK and Kindergarten classes, each with a personalized message from Brooklyn.

When Alameda County Board of Education (ACBE) President Eileen McDonald learned about Brooklyn’s big heart and creative project, she galvanized other volunteers to support the project and coordinated the donation to CSCE. “I think that Brooklyn is just an amazing young girl. She is an inspiration and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of other children,” McDonald said.

Alongside Brooklyn and ACBE President McDonald at the presentation of blankets were Brooklyn’s parents, Scott and Kylie Sisk, who are both elementary school teachers in Fremont, Brooklyn’s grandmother, Donna Sisk, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, ACBE Trustees Aisha Knowles and Amber Childress, CSCE Executive Director Dr. Ida Oberman, and California Charter Schools Association Regional Director Patrick Walsh, who also made a personal donation to support the project.

County Superintendent Monroe reflected, “There are many hearts and hands that came together to make today a reality: the generosity of Brooklyn and the Sisk family; the unifying vision of President McDonald to bring everyone together; and the special place for children to learn every day that is the CSCE learning community. I am blessed to support all of their work and witness such warmth and unity.”

“Often times, teachers find themselves providing the most basic supplies to students, even including nap blankets. The generosity of the community to provide these is amazing, but knowing that this was spearheaded by another child who our students can relate to makes it all the more special,” said Dr. Oberman.

Photos with captions from today's event

About ACBE

The Alameda County Board of Education (ACBE) serves as the governing body for the schools and student programs operated by the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). ACOE operates two types of schools that serve Alameda County’s most vulnerable youth: Court Schools at the Juvenile Justice Center and Community Schools, which serve foster youth, students in substance abuse treatment, pregnant and parenting teens, Probation-referred youth, and students expelled from their resident school districts. Other duties of the County Board of Education include hearing appeals for interdistrict transfers and expulsions from school districts, authorizing charter schools, and approving the annual budget of the County Superintendent of Schools. The Board consists of seven members, each elected to serve four-year terms: Joaquin Rivera (Area 1), Amber Childress (Area 2), Ken Berrick (Area 3), Aisha Knowles (Area 4), Fred Sims (Area 5), Eileen McDonald (Area 6), and Yvonne Cerrato (Area 7).

Regular meetings of the Board are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward. For more information visit

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About CSCE

Community School for Creative Education, a TK-8 public Waldorf charter school in Oakland, focuses on the whole child, including artistic expression and movement in the classroom daily. All students learn Mandarin and Spanish and they offer mindfulness classes and on-site therapeutic service support. The Alameda County Board of Education granted their charter status. For more information, visit



About ACOE
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides fiscal oversight of the district budgets representing more than $1.78 billion and operates more than 300 programs and services for Alameda County students, parents and educators. ACOE provides, promotes and supports leadership and service to ensure the success of every child, in every school, every day. For more information, visit

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Alameda County Office of Education
Communication & Public Affairs Office
313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA   94544
(510) 670-7754