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After a weekend of NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight college ball, La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park kept the ball bouncing today by hosting a Special Olympics basketball tournament. And the cheers that emanated from the packed gym could be heard a block away, such was the enthusiasm for the event.

This is the fifth time La Entrada has hosted the tournament, although it’s the first time the school has entered its own team, along with a team from the same district, Las Lomitas Elementary School. Five other Bay Area middle schools — Cunha, Corte Madera, Terman, Jordan, and Kennedy — participated in the event.

Special Olympics oathOpening Ceremonies featured the Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The tournament featured four games, lunch, and skills training stations for athletes between games. The day culminated with a trip through the “Tunnel of Awesomeness,” an awards ceremony, and team photo gifts.

Kim Kuczon, La Entrada P.E. Teacher, and Theo Paat, Special Olympics Coordinator, organized the event with the help of 26 La Entrada student volunteers who worked with the student athletes as team managers, photographers, greeters, scorekeepers, spirit leaders and referees. Student volunteers were selected based on a written essay sharing why they wanted to participate in the event. However, the entire La Entrada school got involved in the event by making posters and cheering on the athletes.

The La Entrada PTA supported the tournament by providing t-shirts for the La Entrada athletes and student volunteers, balloon decorations, water for the athletes, coffee for the adults, and, of course, volunteering their time.

Summed up Kim Kuczon: “It is a truly unique and special day that impacts the lives of everyone that is involved.”

Photos by Linda Hubbard

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M-A Foundation online auction, supporting expanded educational programs, goes live on Monday, March 30

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The Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation is hosting an online auction to raise funds to support vital programs at M-A. The Foundation’s goal is to provide a better educational experience for every M–A student by funding smaller class sizes, expanded course offerings, professional development for teachers, college and career prep, and other essential programs and services. […]

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Little Kids Rock is hosting family-friendly fundraiser at Facebook

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Little Kids Rock is hosting a family-friendly fundraiser at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park on Saturday May 16 from 1:00 t0 5:00. Limited tickets are available . Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith will join local Little Kids Rock students for inspiring musical performances, in addition to local bands Coverflow, Scope Creep and Next Play, as well […]

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Elise Kratzer receives Certificate of Excellence from Prudential for starting Service Club at Hillview School

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Hillview Middle School eighth grader, Elise Kratzer of Menlo Park (pictured, left), was honored recently for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Awarded granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Presented annually by Prudential Financial in […]

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Girls host a lemonade stand in Menlo Park to raise money for Ruby’s Place

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A group of grade school girls in Menlo Park organized a lemonade stand stocked with lots of goodies to raise money for Ruby’s Place, a shelter for abused women and children. We think that InMenlo contributing photographer captured their spirit perfectly!

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Menlo Park non-profit, Art in Action, hosts Object:Art fundraiser on March 27

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Art in Action, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing comprehensive visual arts programs to schools throughout the region, is hosting Object: Art, a fundraising benefit, on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The event will include the presentation of the Art in Action Art Visionary Award to Google’s founding […]

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Lemonade stand to raise money for Ruby’s Place on March 22

Menlo Park resident Karen Dobbyn posted this on the Nextdoor neighborhood list and let us know that she’d welcome the chance to spread the word: “My 8-year-old daughter, Eliza, and some of her friends are having a lemonade stand this Sunday, March 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in front of our house at 1780 Poppy […]

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Girl Scout Fun Run made its debut today at Fleet Feet in Menlo Park

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The first Girl Scout Fun Run took off from Fleet Feet in Menlo Park this morning with many participants sporting green. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart gave us a heads up: “It’s a 2-mile run for Girl Scouts, their families, and supporters in the community, all followed by Girl Scout cookies and other treats at the […]

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Local Lions Club partners with Habibi’s Salon in Menlo Park to provide makeovers for female veterans

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Sometimes we stumble on an activity that we believe deserves broader exposure. Such is the case with a project that the Peninsula Veterans Lions Club is partnering with Habibi’s Salon in Menlo Park. They are working together to provide female veterans with vouchers for hairdressing needs. The women are inpatients at the Veterans Hospital, and the makeovers are intended […]

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New leadership for Peninsula College Fund looks like the perfect match up

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Some things are meant to be. Such is the case of Corbett Phillip Powell’s appointment as the new Executive Director of Peninsula College Fund, an organization founded in 2005 by Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck, that provides selected high school students with college scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, summer internship support, and college and career success training. Phillip, as he […]

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Annual Boy Scout Troop 206 pancake breakfast set for March 7

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Boy Scout Troop 206 is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 7 from 8:00 am to noon in the parish hall at Trinity Church (333 Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park. Cost is $5 per adult or every two children; Scouts in uniform eat free. Menu includes Formula 206 flapjacks, fresh fruit & […]

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