Community support pays dividends

As a recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine revealed, getting low-income students into college is not enough to close the achievement/income gap. The percentage of low-income students entering college who actually earn a degree lags far behind the success rate of other college students. Furthermore, many who do graduate fail to get jobs that allow them to pay off their formidable college debts.

In Los Altos and Mountain View, however, many volunteers and donors are committed to seeing that scenario change. The MVLA Community Scholars program, founded in 2000 by local resident Jim Strand and now a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, has from its inception recognized the challenges that underserved students face in completing college.


Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll

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Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this year.

Mathnasium, a math tutoring franchise with a location in Mountain View, recently earned recognition from a family magazine for the level of service it provides.

Bay Area Parent Magazine – a publication that covers topics including education, enrichment and health – included Mathnasium in its 2014 “Best of the Best” issue that awards Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades to various services. Mathnasium received a Silver for “Math and Science Support” in Silicon Valley.


Local parents organize summer camp experience for those in need

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A Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor, left, helps a student with her story about the camp’s field trip to Dear Hollow Farm.

A group of Bullis Charter School parents established the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp to provide a summer camp experience for underserved local students.

The camp, in its second year, offers a free, weeklong program for second- through fourth-graders from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts.


Longtime downtown learning center under new ownership

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Carol Taylor recently sold Pacific Learning Center after running the tutoring business for 32 years.

A longtime downtown Los Altos business dedicated to tutoring the city’s youth has changed hands.

Pacific Learning Center owner and founder Carol Taylor recently sold her 32-year-old tutoring business at 365 First St. to Ali and Adam Meyers, owners of Cupertino-based Meyers Learning Center. The business officially changed ownership Friday.


Sporty Students

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Students reach for the ball during a game of flag football during the Spartans Sports Camp this month.

More than 150 campers have flocked to Spartans Sports Camp this summer.  The camp, held at Mountain View High School, offers weeklong multisport sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 and sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9.


Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

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Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an introduction to an array of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College.

The camps, featuring hands-on and experiential lessons, concluded last week on the Los Altos Hills campus.


Los Altos High graduate releases EP

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Los Altos High School graduates Riley Soward, left, and Zach Gospe, right, celebrate the release of Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP with producer Mark Mazzetti, center.

Friends, family and fans of musician Zach Gospe gathered June 29 to celebrate the soft release of the recent Los Altos High School graduate’s album.

After raising $10,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, Gospe and his music manager, friend and fellow Los Altos High alumnus Riley Soward spent the past few months putting the final touches on Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP (extended play – a recording that’s more than a single but not a full album).


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