Bret Harte Middle School is working hard to become a community based school. We have made personal partnerships with local residents and businesses like OaklandUp and
Kelly’s Corner. We have also partnered with My New Red Shoes to offer brand new shoes and clothing gift cards to students in need, as well as Oakland Technology Exchange to offer refurbished computers to families in need of one. We are creating a place where families, friends, and community members of Bret Harte can come when they need assistance.
We have created a place where community members can come and find necessities in our small clothing closet, as well as kitchen supplies, baby supplies, food items and other things. We help them
- enroll children in the school system
- sign up for MediCal
- sign up for social services
- access food banks
We have also run ESL and Basic Computer classes, where the Bret Harte community and families come to learn together. With enough funding and community engagement we will be able to offer these and other services to our families in the upcoming years.
We've had over 100 families come into our school during the 2018-2019 school year - some being here only a few days to weeks. Most of the families come from war-torn countries in the Middle East and South America. We welcome all students!
For more information about the Family Resource Center, or to inquire about volunteer or donation opportunities, please contact Nida Khalil.