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Reach Potential Movement gives underserved youth a place to excel

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Reach Potential Movement helps underserved youth develop academic, leadership and life skills, drawing in their families in the process.

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips underserved youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to reach their highest potential.

• 2017 update: RPM’s new teaching kitchen has become a place for children to study – literally – at the kitchen table on weekday afternoons with support from tutors, as well as hosting cooking-specific programming and community meals.

Downtown College Prep brings engineering to first-generation students

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Luis Ruelas brings his engineering expertise to a class of freshmen and sophomores at Downtown College Prep. DCP students use real-world tools to hone their engineering skills.

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities.

The singular goal for all students is that graduates are accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The DCP community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

Festival of Lights Parade marks 40 years

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Santa Claus rides atop a float at last year’s Festival of Lights Parade.

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled to celebrate its 40th anniversary 6 p.m. Nov. 26 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Hope Higby, Marion Jackston and Jack Huston staged the first parade in 1977 as a goodwill gesture sponsored by downtown merchants. The parade expanded in subsequent years, with local residents and civic leaders Bob Grimm, Ed Hilton and Ted Johnston building floats and purchasing costumes.

Local honored for efforts in paralysis research

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The Bridgman family is set to receive the Spirit of Courage Award.

Giving up is not in Chris Bridgman’s character.

“I’ve always considered myself a fighter,” said the Los Altos native.

American Legion posts co-host Veterans Day event in Mtn. View

Members of American Legion Post 881 and the Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee have scheduled a Veterans Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial in Eagle Park, 650 Franklin St.

The event will feature the Mountain View Fire Department Honor Guard presenting the colors, an a capella group from Mountain View High School singing the national anthem and a Cub Scout leading the Pledge of Alligiance.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center reaches out to underserved residents

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In addition to operating its own food pantry, the Community Services Agency distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2017 update: CSA continues to work at reducing access barriers to its many services and has increased outreach to schools and the homeless population. In addition to operating its own food pantry, CSA distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. A partnership with West Valley Community Services enables CSA to share a van for food outreach. The agency also helps stock the pantry at Foothill College and support the senior nutrition program at the Mountain View Senior Center.

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