Ravenswood Education Foundation

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“Ten Years – Making A Difference Together” was theme of the Ravenswood Education Foundation’s fundraising gala held earlier this month. For the past 10 years, the Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) has partnered with the Ravenswood school district to provide well-trained teachers, classroom supplies, science labs, libraries and other essential resources that make a difference in the school day for each student.

“The Gala brings together a caring and dedicated group of community members and school leaders who share a single vision of ensuring that all students receive a great education, regardless of where they live,” said Renu Nanda, REF Executive Director (pictured with REF’s founding Executive Director, Charlie Scandlyn). “I am continually grateful for and energized by the overwhelming support for REF’s work with the students and teachers in the Ravenswood schools.

The seven schools in the Ravenswood school district are tucked away in a small neighborhood in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. These schools face significant underfunding and socioeconomic challenges, yet they are surrounded by some of the finest school districts in the state. By engaging the entire community, the Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) seeks to ensure that all Ravenswood students receive the equitable and high-quality educational opportunities they deserve.

For many guests, the highlight of the evening was listening to a Ravenswood mother and each of her four children open their hearts and share stories demonstrating how much the support of REF and the community has meant to Ravenswood families. Another highlight was the enthusiastic bidding for the one-of-a-kind furnished dollhouse (pictured above) that was handmade by 6th grade students in their school’s Makerspace Lab.

Following a live auction, Fund-A-Need and lots of enthusiastic bidding, the REF gala raised over $600,000 for Ravenswood students. REF will use these funds to support music, art and science teachers at each school, summer academies, mental health counselors, guidance counselors to support the transition to high school, Makerspaces at all school sites, science labs for middle school students, and so much more.

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Elizabeth Schar honored for her work with the Ravenswood Science Initiative

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Elizabeth Schar (pictured far left) of the Ravenswood Science Initiative is the winner of 2016 Biotechnology Educator Award, presented by the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). Part of CLSA’s 2016 Pantheon DiNA Awards program, the Biotechnology Educator Award is an honor awarded to California’s most dedicated and selfless biotechnology educators. Elizabeth was recognized for her contributions […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation recruiting participants for Adopt-a-Teacher program

Every child deserves a quality education. You can help make this happen by getting involved with our neighboring school district, Ravenswood. The Adopt-a-Teacher program is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for families, friends, small groups and neighbors to work together to provide much needed encouragement and school supplies to a K-8 teacher in East Menlo Park/Palo […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation cites milestones in supporting student achievement

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We received an email from Renu Nanda, Executive Director of the Ravenswood Education Foundation: “Wow! We are proud to say that this past year, REF raised over $1,300,000, or $370 per student, to support student achievement in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. “Every dollar raised has helped REF provide: Student Achievement Summer Academies […]

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Volunteers help students get hooked on science through the Ravenswood Science Initiative project

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Begun in 2008 under the auspices of the Ravenswood Education Foundation, the Ravenswood Science Initiative recruits science and engineering professionals and community experts to provide content knowledge and real world experience to science labs in the Ravenswood School District, including Belle Haven and Willow Oaks schools in Menlo Park. Explains Elizabeth Schar, the program’s founder, […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation holds visitor day on July 19

The Ravenswood Education Foundation is inviting community members to visit one of their Summer Academy programs on Thursday July 19, from 8:45 to 9:30 am at the Cesar Chavez Academy (2450 Ralmar Avenue, East Palo Alto). According to Executive Director Renu Nanda, 560 students are attending Summer Academies at three school, which include Belle Haven Elementary […]

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Benefit for Ravenswood Education Foundation at Cheeky Monkey Toys on March 3 & 4

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Cheeky Monkey Toys is having an art fundraising event to benefit the Ravenswood Education Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. Artist Florence de Bretagne will be showing some of her newest paintings (New Mexico landscapes and abstract paintings) and will also paint with the kids visiting the store. Ms. de Bretagne was […]

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Moms with a firm conviction that all students matter

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In 2008, Ann Carter, Carol Chalmers, and Sharon Purcell (not pictured) had what might be characterized as a persistent notion that sprung them into action. It was the realization that their kids who attend schools on the west side of 101 are over-served, while those kids who attend school on the east side of the highway […]

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Charley Scandlyn: Commited leader of Ravenswood Education Foundation

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Charley Scandlyn can’t hide his enthusiasm. He’s a man on a mission, dedicated to improving the education of children in the Ravenswood City School District (RCSD), which has two schools in Menlo Park — Willow Oaks and Belle Haven — and seven in East Palo Alto. Since January 2008, Charley has been the Executive Director of the […]

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