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April 8, 2014 > Fremont Education Spring Events

Fremont Education Spring Events

Submitted By Fremont Education Foundation

The ÒBe True to Your SchoolÓ themed Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) Excellence in Education Gala was held February 28th 2014. More than 300 guests, many dressed in themed attire, attended the gala where The Bonaccorsi Family was honored for their work with FEF and the community, and retired Kennedy coach Pete Michaletos was honored for his years of dedicated work in the Fremont Unified Schools. Spirited Emcees KK Kaneshiro and Rick Geha welcomed guest speakers Assemblyman, Bob Weickowski, Carrie Blake, Sherea Westra, David Sloss and Mayor of Fremont, Bill Harrison who spoke about the honorees with thanks and humor.

Evening entertainment began with Oliveira Elementary staff members singing and ASL signing of an Oliveira original song. The big bang of the American High School Marching Band livened the audience, then cheerleaders from several FUSD high school sites closed the evening with a cheer created especially for the occasion. The honorees responded to the communityÕs recognition, saying:

We were especially thrilled that FEF recognized the contributions of my late father Paul Bonaccorsi who was a teacher and administrator in the Fremont Unified School District. My father as the first Vice Principal of American High School from Õ72-Ô89 along with former Principal & AP Joe Tranchina and John DiPaola Ð they were educational innovators, along with Garo Mirigian and Pete Murchison, who introduced the concept of the Òopen spaceÓ classroom to American High, and recruited top-flight teachers who were inspired to reach students in a new and bold way. We learned that our family was being honored, at a surprise event last October, on what would have been my fatherÕs 89thÊbirthday!
Ð Dave Bonaccorsi

The fact that FUSD leaders, including the superintendent attended this event shows support and that we were all truly there together. I will remember this night forever.
Ð Greg Bonaccorsi

Every time something great happens in Fremont, you are bound to find the Bonaccorsi name attached. I am honored to be here with them.
Ð Pete Michaletos

Approximately $35,000.00 was raised that night with support from guests and sponsors including Kaiser, Fremont Bank, LAM Research, East Bay Community Foundation, Chevron, Robson Homes, Washington Hospital, Dale Hardware, and Local Firefighters Union1689. FEF grants fund innovative, quality classroom programs in grades K-12 and are aimed at increasing student achievement in academics, creativity, leadership, critical thinking, physical activity and visual and performing arts.Ê

All Fremont Unified School District teachers are encouraged to apply for this grant. Applications, for the 2014/2015 school year, are being accepted through April 17th. Applications are available through the FEF website at or by contacting Kathy Kimberlin at

After School Band Telethon is coming!

Coordinator, Kim Scott, is tuning up for our annual After School Band Music Telethon on Thursday, April 10, 2014. It will be held at the FUSD office at 4210 Technology Drive 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Telethon will be televised live on cable channel 26 with live performances by local school bands.

Funds from the telethon directly fund the After-School band program that is available to all 4th through 6th graders in all the elementary schools in the Fremont Unified School District. After-School Band students have participated in many community events over the years, including the July 4th parade, Festival of India parade and the Tree Lighting Parade in Niles. Band students will also be having spring concerts during April and May in all attendance areas of Fremont Unified. Information about the dates, times and locations of the concerts is available on the FEF website,

Currently, the cost to run the After-School Band program is approximately $95,000. FEF's goal for 2014 is not to only cover current costs but also add additional courses as demand increases, offer full 26 weeks of instruction, and additional separate beginning and intermediate classes at impacted school sites with large band enrollment.Ê

To reach these goals and serve all students in Fremont, the Foundation needs the help of all community members during the telethon. Volunteers are needed to operate the phone banks. Donations from individual community members, businesses and corporations are needed to meet program goals.Ê

To volunteer or donate to the program please contact Fremont Education Foundation please contact Sherri Swinney at Information can also be found on the FEF website atÊ Donations can also be mailed to Attn: After-School Band Program, Fremont Education Foundation, P.O. Box 14415, Fremont, CA- 94539.

After School Band Music Telethon
Thursday, Apr 10
4 p.m. Ð 8 p.m.
4210 Technology Dr, Fremont
Cable Channel 26

Donations can be mailed to:
Attn: After-School Band Program
Fremont Education Foundation
P.O. Box 14415
Fremont, CA 94539

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