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Resources for Families & Students

  • The Steve L. Butler Memorial Fund, operated by the ACOE Educational Partnerships Foundation, is available to students enrolled in schools operated by the Alameda County Office of Education.

    Steve Butler was an ACOE teacher passionate about teaching students who faced challenges in their lives. For almost 20 years, he worked in Alameda County Court and Community School programs with tough-to-teach students – those who were unable to succeed in a continuation school, let alone a traditional high school. Steve typified the teacher who went beyond the call of duty for his students. It was Steve who mounted a fund-raising drive to help one of his students, Donna, attend a state competition in Los Angeles where she won a top award in that competition and went on to earn a good living as a welder.

    It is in dedication to Steve’s advocacy for teachers and students, his love of life, and his competitive spirit that his colleagues strive to build and sustain The Butler Memorial Fund. Contributions are coordinated from the Alameda County Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, ACOE, and the California Teachers Associations to support Alameda County Court and Community School students.

    Award amounts vary depending on students’ needs. Awards can assist students in buying books, a professional suit for work, class expenses, conference or workshop fees, or a myriad of other items and activities. The committee guiding the Butler Memorial Fund desires that the awards will do for prospective recipients what Steve’s personal efforts did for his students.


    Please make donations to the Steve L. Butler Memorial Fund payable to the “ACOE Educational Partnerships Foundation” and write “Steve L. Butler Memorial Fund” on the memo line.

    Contributions are fully tax deductible (tax I.D. number: 91-2152166). One hundred percent of the money donated to the Fund is used for scholarships.

    Send checks to: ACOE Educational Partnerships Foundation, 313 West Winton Ave., Room 372, Hayward, CA 94544-1136.

    For questions regarding donations, please contact Lisa McCarty at 510-670-7667 or send an e-mail to

  • ACOE's Student Programs provides free meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program at four of our Community School sites: Hobbs Academy, Burke Academy, Quest Academy and Opportunity Academy.

    We recognize the benefits that consistent and healthy meals have on student achievement, and do not require families to pay for student meals. We believe that all children should have equitable access to adequate nutrition.

    In partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), ACOE provides meals to Quest Academy and Opportunity students. ACOE is also in partnership with Newark Unified School District (NUSD) to provide meals to Burke Academy, Quest Academy and Opportunity Academy students.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

    “USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”