As Latinx Heritage Month Continues Across OUSD, Students Enjoy Latinx Literature Read-In Week; Other Exciting Events Also Scheduled

OUSD Press release
Oakland, CA — OUSD is now in the middle of Latinx Literature Read-In Week, in which volunteers visit elementary schools and read Latinx-centered literature to students to help celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Latinx countries and peoples to our nation and our world. On Wednesday morning, October 2, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will take part in the Read-In, joining other volunteers reading to students at La Escuelita.

On Friday morning, October 4, employees from Facebook will join other volunteers reading to students at Manzanita Community School. OUSD thanks all volunteers for coming out this week to our schools, reading to our students and helping us celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.

Also this week is a celebration of teaching excellence. It is the Alameda County Office of Education’s Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, October 3. OUSD’s three Teachers of the Year are among the 18 teachers from across the county vying for this recognition, and looking to continue on to the California Teacher of the Year Awards Recognition. The three teachers are Precious James from Madison Park Primary, Tontra Love from Sequoia Elementary and David Ramirez from Urban Promise Academy. OUSD wishes all of them the best of luck!

Lastly, on Saturday evening, October 5, the Oakland Public Education Fund will hold its annual fundraising gala on behalf of the students of OUSD. The Ed Fund, as it is affectionately known, works year round to support students by organizing events, including Latinx Literature Read-In Week, raising money to give students warm coats and backpacks containing school supplies, giving grants to schools for important projects, and managing the District’s volunteers, among other things. For more information about the Ed Fund, to donate, and to volunteer, please visit

Media is welcome to cover all events listed.

WHAT: Latinx Literature Read-In Week with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 2
WHERE: La Escuelita, 1050 Second Avenue

WHAT: Alameda County Office of Education’s Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony
WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3
WHERE: Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley

WHAT: Latinx Literature Read-In Week with Facebook Employees
WHEN: 9:00 a.m., Friday, October 4
WHERE: Manzanita Community School, 2409 East 27th Street

WHAT: 4th Annual Oakland Public Education Fund Gala
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5
WHERE: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive
###About the Oakland Unified School DistrictIn California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 83 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success. 

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