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Over the past year, the 2019 Class of the Mid-Peninsula Chapter of the National Charity League took on a grant project to improve the outdoor space at a preschool in Belle Haven.

Twenty two girls from six different high schools, including Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, and Sacred Heart Prep, had served at a variety of local non-profits, but this year decided to apply to the chapter for a project grant and partner with a non-profit that serves children.

All Five is an early education program for children and their families, whose first pilot school opened in the Belle Haven neighborhood on Menlo Park in 2015. Committed to serving a diverse community, it takes 12 fully-subsidized low income students and 12 partially subsidized and full tuition students.

The school director, Carol Thomsen, and her staff, expressed interest in the 2019 Class improving the outdoor space for the children. The first improvement is a music wall equipped with a variety of objects that the children can use for hands on exploration of rhythm and music.

The second improvement is outdoor chalkboard area. The kids are able to have a space for early literacy and creative art using a “garden” of flower chalkboards.

The Class also held a toy drive for items the staff requested and received contributions for several hundred dollars worth of items including a large collection of puzzles, painting smocks, play silks and scarves, and hopper balls.

“The best part of the project was the unveiling of the wall and the party we had with the children – a scene of pure joy,” said Eliana Oro, VP of Philanthropy for the Class. “The kids ran outside so excited. One boy, who is especially shy jumped up and down and clapped his hands and ran straight to the wall. Other kids joined him exploring the different parts of the wall making their own music. Other children got involved at the chalkboards asking us to help them spell their names.”

Photos courtesy of Amy Oro

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Rotary Club Foundation accepting 2017 grant applications

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017 grants focusing on youth education and mental and physical health. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations providing services to Menlo Park, adjacent unincorporated areas, and East Palo Alto are invited to submit proposals that identify a compelling public need in the focus area and a […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club announces upcoming speakers for its weekly meetings

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings are held every Tuesday at Allied Arts Center, from 12:00 – 1:15. Visitors are invited to attend meetings by contacting the Kiwanis Club. Here is a list of speakers for the next three meetings. February 28: Tony Green, Advanced Materials Foundation for Sustainable Future Products, “What Are Advanced Materials & Why Should […]

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John Pinkston named President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for 2017

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Former USGS researcher John Pinkston (pictured right) is the President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces outgoing President Bruce Wellings (left), CPA and Financial Advisor. “As incoming Kiwanis Club President, my top priorities are to grow our Foundation and bring in new members,” Pinkston said. “The Kiwanis Foundation currently supports Menlo-Atherton […]

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11 Scouts from Menlo Park Troop 222 earn Eagle Scout rank

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Eleven Boy Scouts from Menlo Park Troop 222 recently earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, taking  part in National Eagle Courts of Honor – five on November 19, 2016, and six on January 7, 2017. To attain the Eagle rank, a Boy Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, serve in a […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis invites public to hear eclectic group of January speakers

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meets weekly at Allied Arts Center for lunch and speakers on Tuesdays from noon – 1:15 pm. Visitors are invited to attend. Here is the list of January speakers: January 3, 2017 — Binge Drinking In College: Dr. Stephanie Brown (pictured above) is an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of alcoholics and other addictions. […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club Christmas tree lot is open for business

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Santa’s elves, disguised as Menlo Park Kiwanis Club members, open their annual Christmas Tree lot today. Once again beautiful Noble Fir trees will be delivered fresh from Oregon weekly. Wreaths and other holiday decorations are available, too. Located on the Stanford Campus on the corner of […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo finishes at Menlo-Atherton High School

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We got the easy job, stopping in at M-A as the riders from the 2016 Tour de Menlo concluded their 35-, 45-, or 65-mile ride today. Weather conditions were near perfect, mid-70s with a slight breeze. The riders we visited with remarked that the Tour de Menlo is always a well-planned, good event. Fast Freddie Rodriguez, […]

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Local realtor and retired editor are new presidents of Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation

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Longtime members of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, Maya Sewald and Tom Gibboney, are the latest presidents of the club and the foundation, respectively. Ms. Sewald, a real estate broker with Pacific Union and Mr. Gibboney, the retired editor and publisher of the Almanac newspaper, will serve until June 30, 2017. Both new presidents say […]

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Spotted: Menlo Bike Club at Tour de Menlo training ride

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There was a lot of Menlo Park at the first training ride for the Tour de Menlo, which was held today and offered three ride options. Participants included about 50 members of the Menlo Bike Club, most of whom joined Fast Freddie Rodriguez on the advanced ride. We can report that at least the intermediate […]

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M-A Leo Club treats local veterans to barbecue

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On Saturday, June 25, the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club  hosted a fun Veterans’ Barbecue at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. The M-A Leo Club served over 70 Veterans 200 hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad. The Veterans who attended are part of the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP) and First Step program. After […]

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