Ravenswood Education Foundation

Make a difference in a teacher’s life and impact students by “adopting” a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year.

Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment is approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible.

It’s fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up here for the upcoming 2019-20 school year! Questions? Contact Jazmin Sosa: [email protected]

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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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Ravenswood School District toy drive for holiday party is underway through Dec. 14

The Ravenswood Educational Foundation is sponsoring a toy drive for students in the Ravenswood School District for a holiday event on December 16, 2017 at Costaño Elementary School. (Photo is from last year’s event). If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy for a K-8th grade student to help them have a happy […]

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

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 […]

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

“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

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

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

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

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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