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On January 12, Claire Bozdog and Elise Kratzer of Menlo-Atherton High School were honored at the Girl Scout Award Ceremony for earning their Gold Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative from California’s 18th Congressional District, gave an inspiring speech about women leaders and citizenship. Claire and Elise were empowered to hear from her that 58% of current members of Congress are Girl Scouts.

Claire and Elise spoke about their projects and how much they meant to them. They also had the opportunity to speak with Erika Rottenberg about her successful career and volunteer work as a Girl Scouts National Board member.

“It was a magical afternoon to share my project, meet powerful women leaders, and inspire the younger Girl Scouts to embark on their Gold Award Journey, said Elise. Added Claire: “[The ceremony] very empowering. I heard all the Girl Scouts’ very innovative projects and loved listening to Anna Eshoo’s words of encouragement.”

Claire created a ‘tween and teen youth group called “Time Out.” Time Out is meant to give students with serious anxiety and stress a chance to learn coping skills and stress management tools. They learn about yoga and meditation apps, foods that help reduce stress and simple ways to alleviate tension like taking a quick walk in nature.

She choose to do this project when she observed friends around her tense, anxious, stressed and trying to keep up with all of the demands being placed on them. The club now has 50+ members, and she hopes to keep it going long after she leaves for college in the fall.

Elise created and leads the Transfer Student Success Program (TSS) which integrates the many transfer students that Menlo-Atherton High School  receives yearly. Before the program, the transfer students were thrown into the 2,400 person high school with no guidance. The TSS Program matches up transfer students to mentors, who stick with them on their first day of school and become their first friend.

Transfer students attend academic and social lunches in order to learn how to be successful at M-A and discover all of the wonderful opportunities M-A has to offer.  To date, the TSS Program has served 160 transfer students. Elise is currently training the next set of leaders at M-A and is spreading the TSS Program to the other schools in the Sequoia Union High School District.

Claire and Elise are extremely thankful for the constant support from their troop leaders and fellow troop members.

Claire and Elise’s Troop #33166 members pictured left to right: Roberta Baxter (leader), Louisa Calhoon, Claire Bozdog, Elise Kratzer, Evelyn Calhoon, Annabel Baxter, and Lauren Calhoon (leader).

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Alley-Oops Kids holds 3 Point Shootout fundraiser

Brothers Shay and Rishan Patel had been dreaming of throwing a three point contest fundraiser after watching the NBA version year after year. This year they made it happens as Alley-Oop Kids has been growing and thinking of really fun, kid-centric ways to fundraise. This past Sunday, Jan 6, Alley-Oop Kids and co-sponsor, SportsHouse, threw […]

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Spotted: Leos delivering holiday gifts to Menlo Park veterans

This past December, the Leo District 4-C4 ran their Second Annual Virtual Giving Tree for the veterans. The Leos provided gifts to 52 veterans, all part of the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. They also shared homemade cookies. The Leo District 4-C4 is comprised of the 17 Leo […]

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The Girl + The Fig’s Sondra Bernstein + her famous fig and arugula salad

Chef and restaurateur Sondra Bernstein, founder of Sonoma’s wildly popular wine country farm-to-table eatery the girl & the fig, is this month’s featured Changemaker. Bernstein, whose mantra is “doing one thing is boring,” is someone I have long admired. A one-women show, Bernstein is credited with “putting Sonoma County on the big-league culinary map 20 […]

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Torah stitch by stitch: Re-creating the Bible’s first five books through cross stitching

A Facebook post by Menlo Park resident Amy Bayersdorfer got our attention. It was a photo of cross stitch panel that we learned was part of world-wide movement called Torah Stitch by Stitch. Started by well known fibre artist Temma Gentles, more than 1400 stitchers of all faiths in 27 countries are cross stitching the […]

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JobTrain’s Winter Wonderland produces smiles galore

Santa (with help from companies such as TE Connectivity and Whatsapp) fulfilled the wishes of the children of JobTrain’s low-income students last Friday (Dec. 14). In addition to gifts, little ones could take home photos with Santa, their homemade arts and crafts, and cookies they decorated at the Winter Wonderland Party. For more than 50 […]

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Spotted: Minnie the therapy dog visiting students at Encinal School

It was a very happy Monday morning yesterday in Menlo Park City School District when six-year-old poodle Minnie visited  the special education program at Encinal School. Leonor Delgado and Arlene Esquivias of the Humane Society’s Animals Everywhere program brought Minnie to the classroom. Minnie is a certified therapy dog specially trained to work with medically-fragile children […]

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PAHS Holiday Party/Fundraiser at Café Zoë on Dec. 15

Join Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) as we celebrate the holiday season with readings of our newly published children’s storybook Saving Travis. Meet the author and the canine heroes and take home a copy of the book. There will be delicious food (provided by Café Zoë) and treats for your canine companion. Enter our raffle […]

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Fit Kids forms new community group called Champs

Fit Kids founder Ashley Hunter let us know that the organization has a new support group called Fit Kids Champs. She emails: “Anybody can join for a small fee of $250, which fee covers the cost of one child in Fit Kids for one school year.” Founded in 2011, Fit Kids is a non-profit that provides […]

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#GivingTuesday is November 27 – here’s a list of local non-profits

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Below is a list of local, 501(c)3 non-profits in InMenlo’s coverage area, many of which we’ve profiled in the past. We’ve tried to be comprehensive, listing […]

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Wondering where all the wild turkeys come from? Here’s the answer, thanks to POST

If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would have been our national bird instead of the bald eagle. That’s always surprising to me given the barnyard turkey is a fairly ridiculous looking, inelegant creature – at least in my opinion. That said, Franklin’s reasoning makes sense when you consider the wild turkey. Their successful […]

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