Ravenswood Education Foundation

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Menlo Park resident Carolyn Bowsher, who has been active as a volunteer for the Menlo Park city schools and the MPAEF, emailed InMenlo:

“Now that my kids are teenagers, I am volunteering for the Menlo Park schools on the other side of town in the Ravenswood City School District. The need is great for volunteers in the RCSD because many of the parents work during the day.

“There are two schools in Menlo Park in the district, Belle Haven (photo top) and Willow Oaks. My dream is for the kids at those schools to have an equitable education to the kids in the MPCSD. I am volunteering on the Ravenswood Education Foundation board and for All Students Matter and am loving both volunteer jobs.

“We currently have a great need for members of the community to Adopt a Teacher. In the MPSCD, the teachers have room parents to help them with supplies for parties and classroom supply needs. However, at RCSD, the teachers have the same needs, but are not receiving the same level of support.

“In addition, the teachers are paid $30,000 less than the teachers in the surrounding districts. So, the Ravenswood Education Foundation is trying to match every teacher with one person or group to “adopt” them.

“Please contact Sharon Purcell at sharonpurcell4@gmail.com for the location of our Adopt a Teacher program kick off meeting in Menlo Park on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:00 am to noon.

“If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like more information about the Adopt a Teacher program, please contact Sharon Purcell at sharonpurcell4@gmail.com.

“If you would like help the children in Menlo Park who need your help now more than ever, please contact Renu Nanda, rnanda@ravenswoodef.org, to volunteer for or donate to the Ravenswood Education Foundation, or please go to www.ravenswoodef.org to donate or volunteer online.”

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Ravenswood Education Foundation fundraising gala raises $600,000 to enrich school programs

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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 […]

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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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