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Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck is this year’s recipient of  Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Award which “publicly recognizes those Santa Clara University alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion, and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity” Charles is the founder of the Peninsula College Fund.

“I was surprised and honored to be selected as my work at PCF over the past 13 years has been a true labor of love supported by numerous friends in Menlo Park,” said Charles. “Over that time PCF has awarded 254 scholarships. Most rewarding is that 94% have graduated or are in college actively working on their degree.

“I am most excited that this prestigious award will give PCF some wonderful public recognition to the many folks who don’t yet know our work but share in our mission to assist first gen college students with strong financial need to successfully graduate from college.”

Each of  PCF’s 144 scholars currently in college have an individual mentor who is a college grad and agrees to follow them through their college years.

“Thanks to many generous donors and supporters, we have more than doubled the number of scholarships given out over the last three years,” said Charles. “This April we will award 65 scholarships and therefore have a big need for mentors. Past and current mentors regularly say that the four years flies by and they feel that get more out to the program than they feel they give.”

More information about mentoring is available on the PCF website.

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Local non-profit takes on “Oily Wells” with a planned March for Fossil Fuel Freedom

Menlo Park resident Nicole Kemeny has a long history as an activist/advocate, initially around affordable housing and lending discrimination when she lived in Chicago. Now as president of 350 Silicon Valley, she is taking on “Oily Wells” in an effort to have Wells Fargo Bank be the first major bank in the U.S. to go […]

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M-A Foundation for the Future auction is live online

Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual auction which raises funds for M-A Foundation for the Future is live online from March 10-17, 2019. The local high school has  a student population of 3,000 and some of the most rigorous and in-depth advanced placement (AP) and elective courses in the area, along with award-winning music, drama, debate, robotics […]

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Spotted: Hungry diners at Boy Scout Troop 206 pancake breakfast

We stopped by Boy Scout Troop 206’s annual pancake breakfast soon after it opened this morning at 8:00 am. There’s still time to eat well and support the troop’s activities. Breakfast will be served until noon at Trinity Hall/Trinity Church (330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park). Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Organizers of Community Equity Collaborative seek to increase educational equity

Editor’s note: We can’t think of a better way of commemorating International Women’s Day than highlighting the important work being done by three Menlo Park women. Through school involvement and other community work, Menlo Park residents Timi Most, Dayna Chung (both pictured above) along with Heather Hopkins began to realize that there were a number of […]

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Safari Encounters: South America comes to Belle Haven branch of Menlo Park Library on March 10

Meet animals from South America, including an anteater, a water opossum, a sloth, and an ocelot, and learn about their habits and habitats on Saturday, March 10, from 2:00 to 2:50 pm at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library ( 413 Ivy Drive). This free event, which is funded by the Friend […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation funds important programs for Ravenswood school students – here’s how you can help

Last year, the Ravenwood Education Foundation launched the literacy intervention program in the Ravenwood School District, which identifies third to fifth grade students reading 1-1.5 years below grade level and provides them with intensive support.  Groups of four students cycle through six weeks of four-times-per-week instruction with a literacy Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). As […]

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Mercy Beyond Borders to hold fundraiser in Menlo Park

“Our Song Rises” is the theme of Mercy Beyond Borders’ fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Quadrus Center, in Menlo Park. The event includes an  evening of music, camaraderie, and fine dining along with a look at MBB’s work overseas. Highlights include a speaker from Haiti as well as recognition of Donor of […]

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Learn how to talk with your doctor on Feb. 13 at Rosener House.

Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, will be speaking at Rosener House (500 Arbor Road) on the topic of “How to Talk With Your Doctor” to receive the best care on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Being an educated advocate for yourself and/or your loved ones is crucial in navigating the complex issues involved with […]

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Mission Hospice celebrates 40th anniversary and names Lisa Deal new CEO

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Informational coffee about becoming a preschool teacher set for Jan. 31

At this informational coffee sponsored by the Community Equity Collaborative, learn about the requirements of entering the field of early childhood education and connect with preschools seeking creative, energetic team players who want to change young lives. The event takes place on Thursday. Jan. 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at Trinity Church in Menlo […]

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