Archive of Kate Flanagan

Kate has written 18 article(s) for InMenlo.


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On Wednesday, April 19, the seemingly endless rain stopped and the sun came out, as if it wanted to celebrate Earth Day with students at M-A’s environmental fair.

In the center of the fair, groups played cornhole while listening to a student band perform live music. Around the perimeter, students and local businesses, such as Menlo Spark, staffed booths providing food, education and volunteer opportunities.

“I think people could feel a tangible buzz from the event that epitomized a village effort,” says Lance Powell, the teacher who helped organize the event. Like last year’s fair, its goal was to educate students and celebrate Earth Day.

“The fair is a great way to environmentally educate more of the M-A community, but it is also an awesome opportunity for [AP Environmental Science] students to take their learning a step further,” explains senior Joanna Vollrath. At her booth, students could eat s’mores made in a solar oven.

Some of the other booths offered face painting, provided materials to decorate reusable shopping bags, and sold vegan snacks to promote veganism and raise money for environmental causes.

Senior Caraline Albro expressed mixed feelings about all the “booths selling vegan and vegetarian food.” She explains, “[It] is a great cause, but I also think students need to focus on basic sustainability first, such as recycling. A lot of M-A students don’t even recycle, so let’s get that done first.”

Regarding the fair, Powell adds, “I thought the fair was a tremendous success and was left inspired by the M-A community.”

Photos by Kate Flanagan (c) 2017

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Making my M-Ark in the 2017 Menlo-Atherton High School’s Senior Fashion Show

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Other than a few scattered dance and piano recitals in elementary school, I have never performed on stage. That will change this Saturday, April 1. I will be ending my decade-long hiatus to perform in Menlo-Atherton’s annual Senior Fashion Show along with about 170 of my classmates. Over three performances (1:00, 4:00 and 7:30 pm), the […]

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Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline gives State of the City address at Facebook

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Last Thursday, Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline gave the annual State of the City address at Facebook to discuss how the city has grown and will continue to grow through the “most successful era the city’s seen.” After, he met with a panel consisting of Evelyn Stivers, executive director of Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo […]

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Delegation from Vietnam visits Menlo Park to discuss religious freedom

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Recently, 13 delegates from the Vietnam Committee for Religious Affairs met with several religious leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Raymond, and First Baptist Church in Menlo Park. The delegation, including some members of the Vietnamese government, met with the Menlo Park leaders to discuss a new draft of Vietnam’s […]

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Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley stops at Kepler’s to promote his new cookbook

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In conjunction with the release of his latest book, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley spoke at Kepler’s last Wednesday to discuss his love of family, food, and music. His new cookbook, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook, includes recipes for Jamaican and Ital food inspired by his childhood. “The cookbook is not just about me,” he explains, as […]

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NanoFarms plants the seed for economic growth and sustainable farming

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“My mother loved gardens,” says Father George E. Schultze, S.J., “and so did my father. We normally had lots of flowers and also always tomatoes, sometimes corn. That experience has given me a love for being around a garden.” And today, as a priest at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Fr. George is doing just […]

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust swims 21 miles across Lake Tahoe

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Watching the Olympics, people witnessed the athletic feats of thousands of athletes from all over the world. Last month, Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust accomplished an amazing feat of his own, completing the 21-mile swim across Lake Tahoe and raising over $4,000 on water.org to provide clean water to those in need. During the swim, a […]

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Retired NFL player Jonathan Martin talks to Peninsula Bridge kids at Menlo School

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When former NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin attended Stanford, he acted as “Andrew Luck’s bodyguard” on the field. Though Jonathan has since retired from football, he still continues to provide support to others by discussing his struggles with bullying and mental illness. Last week he spoke to the sixth graders in the Peninsula Bridge program at […]

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Belle Haven Youth Center celebrates opening of new ADA-compliant playground

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Approximately 14 years after its last renovation, the Belle Haven Youth Center playground has been modernized. Last Wednesday, the Youth Center hosted a reception to celebrate the completion of its new ADA-compliant playground, allowing program participants to scramble around for the first time. With over 50 kids attending the youth center daily, the new structure will be better […]

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust sets sights on swimming 21 miles across Lake Tahoe

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“Getting from point A to point B” has been a major part of Dr. Scott Kaloust’s life ever since he first learned to swim from one end of the pool to the other. Now, decades after he first jumped into the water, he still applies that principle — both to his swimming endeavors as well as to his […]

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Menlo Green Challenge launches at Facebook to further goal of carbon neutrality in Menlo Park

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M-A student Giselle Martinez managed to surprise a roomful of environmentally-conscious people last week at Facebook when she performed a beautiful song about greenhouse gas emissions that she had written. As one Menlo Spark board member said after her performance, it is not common to hear a song that includes the words “emissions” and “dot-org.” But perhaps […]

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