Drive to Adopt a Teacher in the Ravenswood School District is underway

by Contributed Content on August 25, 2017

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 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

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


Kathryn Kranen August 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

My husband Levin and I are retired and would love to explore volunteer opportunities in the Ravenswood district. We are also interested in adopting a teacher.

Kathryn Kranen

Carolyn Bowsher August 27, 2017 at 10:47 am

Dear Kathryn,
Thank you for your interest in helping those who need it most in our community! We currently have an urgent need to adopt teachers, but we also have other volunteer opportunities in the district. I will email you directly with more information.

If others reading the comments would like more information, they are welcome to email me directly at

Thank you!
Carolyn Bowsher

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