Mentor Tutor Connection puts students on the positive path

Mentor Tutor Connection offers tutoring and mentoring programs for local youth that aim to improve students’ social and academic life skills. Mentors and mentees gather for a field trip to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Photo Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) helps build brighter futures for local youth in Los Altos and Mountain View through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2015 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s first full year under its new name (formerly Partners for New Generations) was a busy one. MTC hired its first executive director, Carol Fisher, and welcomed three new members to the staff.


EPAK provides teachers with quick-turnaround microgrants

Photo Courtesy of East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation helps the underfunded Ravenswood City School District serve its teachers and students through grants that fund everything from extra school supplies to field trips.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that promotes educational opportunities and academic success for East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park public school students in preschool through 12th grade. By providing quick-turnaround microgrants, EPAK helps teachers of underfunded classrooms pay for supplies like books at varying reading levels and experiences like field trips. Each semester, teachers can apply for up to $600 to fulfill their classrooms’ most pressing needs.

• 2015 update: Already this school year, EPAK has distributed $145,000 to teachers. The Ravenswood Teachers Association recognized EPAK in May with its annual We Honor Ours award to honor the organization’s 20-plus years of dedication to students and teachers in the Ravenswood City School District.


Town Crier announces winners in the 2015 Spooky Stories Contest

Bullis Charter School first-grader Augustine Hwang won first place in the Town Crier’s 2015 Spooky Stories Contest.

Augustine was the leading vote-getter among readers for his terrifying tale, “Scary Creatures.”


Taaffe family descendants recall early days of Los Altos Hills

Above photo courtesy of Pam Walatka; Below photo courtesy of the Taaffe family
Members of the Taaffe family, above, share anecdotes and photos at an Oct. 11 presentation sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee. Below is a Taaffe family portrait from the 1910s.

A crowd of more than 130 people packed Los Altos Hills Town Hall Oct. 11 to hear anecdotes about what life was like when the town was the Taaffe family’s private stock and grain ranch.

During a presentation sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee, three generations of the town’s founding family shared letters, photos and stories from their lives in the Hills spanning 165 years.


Local 2015 AFP honorees recognized at Los Altos History Museum lunch

Liz Nyberg/Town Crier
The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored a local organization and couple at a recent lunch. Attendees included, from left, Joe Eyre, representing the Los Altos Community Foundation; Los Altos residents Donna and John Shoemaker; and AFP representatives Amber De Buize and Karen Kwan.

The Los Altos History Museum hosted an Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Master’s Series brown bag lunch Oct. 28.

Guests included this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees – Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Donna and John Shoemaker of Los Altos and representatives from the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker.


Expert explains phytoplankton's effect on climate change at Rotary Club meeting


Microscopic phytoplankton in the Arctic is essential to our daily life, according to Zachary Brown, who recently earned his doctorate in environmental earth system science from Stanford University. Brown discussed “Arctic Climate Change” at the Oct. 22 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

“We wouldn’t be here without (phytoplankton),” said Brown, who has trekked via foot and kayak approximately 2,300 miles from Stanford up the Pacific Coast to Gustavus, Alaska, his hometown.


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