Win a pair of Warriors Tickets!

By Children Rising
May 30, 2017

You can win one of our amazing raffle prizes whether you attend the gala or not!

Unless you plan to purchase raffle tickets at the gala, please CALL IN (510-836-5100) your raffle order by Thursday, June 1, 4:45 pm.

Raffle ticket prices are

$10 for 1 ticket

$25 for 3 tickets

$50 for 7 tickets.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the gala.

Prizes include:

WARRIORS TICKETS – 2 tickets to 1 Golden State Warriors game during the 2017-18 season. Details: Game date subject to agreement between winner and season ticket holder. Estimated value: $450.

PEBBLE BEACH VACATION – 3-night stay at a vacation home in Pebble Beach. Sleeps up to 6 guests. Estimated Value: $1,000.

YOUNTVILLE CASITA – 2-night stay for 2 people at a private Yountville Casita. Estimated Value: $1,000.

HORNBLOWER CRUISE – Brunch or dinner for 4 aboard a Hornblower Cruise. Value: $420.

FOURSOME OF GOLF AT MIRA VISTA COUNTRY CLUB – One round of golf for 4 players, including golf cars and range balls. Value: $400.

WINE – 6 bottles of assorted premium wines. Value: $420.

For detailed information about raffle prizes, visit

Gala attendees, don’t forget about the live auction! Bid on a 3-night stay at Dreams Los Cabos during the gala! Estimated value: $2,500.






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President’s Corner: Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, A Homegrown Superintendent

By Children Rising
May 30, 2017

Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, our newly selected Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) superintendent! Here is an excerpt from the OUSD press release:

Born and raised in East Oakland and a third generation Oaklander, Johnson-Trammell is a fierce advocate for Oakland public schools, having attended Montclair Elementary and Montera Middle School. She holds a communications degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her EdD from U.C. Berkeley in Educational Leadership.

“I am honored by this opportunity to guide such an important organization in my hometown. To lead the teachers and staff of OUSD has been a dream of mine since I first stepped into a classroom as a professional,” said Johnson-Trammell. “I am excited by the progress our District has made and look forward to tackling the challenges that lie ahead.”

Ms. Johnson-Trammell’s commitment to Oakland and urban education is evidenced by more than eighteen years of service to OUSD in several capacities including elementary school teacher, middle school assistant principal, elementary school principal, Director of Talent Development, Associate Superintendent for Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction and Elementary, Network Superintendent and Interim Deputy Superintendent.

(Photo credit: Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Superintendent Johnson-Trammell deserves our congratulations, well wishes and on-the-ground support as she strives to serve a diverse and deserving community of students, parents, teachers and education stakeholders – in the days, months and years to come!

For the children, Randy

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President’s Corner: Like Christmas Vacation!

By Children Rising
May 1, 2017

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Over the past eleven years Children Rising has channeled thousands of Oakland/East Bay public school students into Mission Springs Outdoor Education (MSOE) camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. Our maiden voyage was February 21-23, 2006 when some 30 students from Burckhalter Elementary headed for Mission Springs. I’ll never forget the fifth-grade girl who upon arrival climbed down from the bus and fell to her knees yelling, “I want to stay here for the rest of my life!” Who would have guessed that science camp would become a Burckhalter tradition?

Fast-forward 12 years to April 10-12, 2017: Burckhalter innercity kids under towering redwoods were engaged in hands-on science and team-building activities. MSOE trained naturalists covered topics such as ecology, ornithology, stream ecology, invertebrate zoology and organic gardening. Fifth-grade teacher Lisa Oler continues to welcome this extraordinary enrichment opportunity for her students. “My students anticipate science camp as though it were Christmas vacation!”

For the children,

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