Veterans Resource Center: Empowering former veterans to succeed as college students


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Foothill College officials, representatives of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and other local leaders, above, attend a July 25 ribbon cutting for the new Los Altos Rotary Veterans Plaza, adjacent to the school’s Veterans Resource Center.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center aims to ensure that student veterans and military service members have access to quality services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

• 2018 update: The Rotary Club of Los Altos donated to the Veterans Resource Center to help fund construction of Veterans Plaza on the Foothill campus and creation of the Veterans Mural commemorating those who have served.

Sky's the Limit Fund: Serving youth in crisis through wilderness therapy


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Wilderness camp is an effective form of therapy for troubled youth. Sky’s the Limit Fund provides scholarships to help families send their kids to camps.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund transforms the lives of youth in crisis with financial need through funding for wilderness therapy programs, provides coaching services to guide families during the transition home from wilderness therapy and hosts outreach programs to educate the community on the benefits of wilderness therapy.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Agent, publisher put 'Trust' in local author Wang


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Kathy Wang of Los Altos has released her debut novel, “Family Trust,” about how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death.

Los Altos resident Kathy Wang’s new book, “Family Trust,” is a Silicon Valley story of how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death. The dramatic novel uses humor to tackle the subjects of gender, race, family and wealth relations.

Released Oct. 30 by HarperCollins Publishers, the book isn’t based on true events, but it’s influenced by the world Wang has lived in.

Reading and leading: Morning Forum speaker highlights presidential literacy


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When President John F. Kennedy faced a potentially disastrous standoff with the Soviets over nuclear missiles in Cuba, he received urgent and determined advice to bomb from his military and political staff. But Kennedy thought of an example from ancient history he had read and did not bomb, saving the world from a catastrophe.

From the earliest part of American history, leaders who were well versed in literature used their exposure to books to guide their world-shaking decisions. That was the focus of a Nov. 6 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation by Joseph Luzzi, Ph.D., professor of comparative literature at Bard College, who spoke on “The Presidential Library: Books That Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Other Commanders-in-Chief.”

Winner named in Spooky Stories contest

Talinn Hatti is this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories contest winner. The 11-year-old sixth-grader won for the story “Gargoyle’s Trick,” about a father-son experience at Ghost Mansion.

The Town Crier asked readers to weigh in on their favorites, and Talinn’s entry received the most praise. Honorable mentions go to John Allan’s “Something Fishy,” Laura Allan’s “The Doll” and Scott Klusaw’s “A Halloween Ribbing.”

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation: Serving disadvantaged students


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Children enjoy a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences, funded through the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. The foundation serves approximately 4,000 underserved students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) was formed by Faye Brown, Nicki Smith, Tricia Berke Vinson and Jacqueline Widmar Stewart, four local residents who became appalled when per capita funding for California schools plunged in the 1990s.

“Without school parents’ participation, children had no gym, art or music classes, and the library and classrooms were woefully understaffed,” Stewart said. “We agreed that the best way to benefit students in individual classrooms was directly through their teachers. Teachers were best positioned to identify their students’ needs.”


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