LA-rooted One Dollar For Life thrives

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Teens lay cinder blocks to build the walls of a classroom during a 2014 One Dollar For Life trip to Nicaragua.

Robert Freeman didn’t intend to start One Dollar For Life.

In 2007, he was a social studies teacher at Los Altos High School. He felt his students growing disenchanted – their parents were losing their jobs, their friends were losing their homes. Los Altos kids might have been well-off as a whole, but some students were really struggling, and the others were tuned in to the nationwide economic hardship.

School Briefs for the week of Aug. 22

Gardner Bullis marks 10th anniversary

Gardner Bullis School has scheduled its 10th anniversary celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the school, 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event –designed for students, teachers, staff, parents, neighbors and friends – will include a free barbecue lunch sponsored by the PTA; Bouncy Hungry, Hungry Hippos; campus tours; and photo booths.

High school stadium light proposal draws community controversy

The first official discussion of installing stadium lights at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools took place last week, nearly filling the 375-seat theater at Mountain View High with supporters and opponents.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding and Associate Superintendent Mike Mathiesen led off the tense talks with a presentation on the estimated price tag and possible procedures for the use of the lights. They were not, however, making a recommendation to the MVLA Board of Trustees.

Rich Lyons, Los Altos native, steps down from Haas School of Business

Rich Lyons
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Rich Lyons served as dean of the Haas School of Business for 11 years and is now transitioning to teaching at UC Berkeley.

Los Altos native Rich Lyons described his tenure as dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley – his alma mater – as a “dream come true.”

Lyons’ dream ended in June when he stepped down as dean after 11 years in the position. Over that time, he helped raise millions of dollars for the school and spearheaded the creation of two academic programs.

School Briefs for the week of Aug. 15

Living Classroom recruits docents

Volunteer docents are needed for the Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom program, which delivers hands-on, garden-based lessons to students throughout the school year.

An information meeting is scheduled 10-11 a.m. Aug. 27 in the iLearn Studio at 201 Covington Road. Docent training is slated Monday mornings in the iLearn Studio.

Women in technology: Where are they?

In August 2017, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, was asked a question by her daughter after she read the news: “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”

She asked her mom that question because around that time, a controversial memo written by James Damore, a former software engineer at Google, was made public. According to an analysis by journalist Catherine Clifford, Damore argued in the memo that women are less represented in technology due to biological limitations. Assertions like this create an impetus to examine the lack of women at technology companies, especially in computer science roles, where female representation is only 25 percent, according to research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

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