Courtesy of East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
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.”