East and West Oakland have an air quality problem. In fact, children living there are diagnosed with asthma at twice the national rate. But a first-of-it’s-kind legislation for environmental justice, AB 617, is trying to fix this.
Having a school-based clinic means that with parents’ consent, clinic staff can see students for their appointment without a parent or guardian being present. This makes it possible for students to access care without an adult having to take time off of work.
In Oakland, a shortage of school nurses has led to difficult working conditions—heavy caseload, treating severe health conditions, and high stress—that nurses say make it challenging to meet the health needs of Oakland students.
Bay Area Swap-O-Rama-Rama teaches people how to repurpose their used clothing through sewing in order to make clothes last longer and keep them out of landfills.
A teaching artist with Thingamajigs taught a weeklong workshop at charter school East Bay Innovation Academy on “sound engineering,” where students learned about physics, design, and mathematics by making their own instruments and learning about how they make sound.
More than 120 kids participated in a 5k race around Lake Merritt that raised more than $38,000 to support Running For a Better Oakland’s youth running programs.
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park unveiled a new art exhibit in early October called “Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories,” that features the creations of undocumented day laborers through paintings, quilts, graphic art, song and dance.