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About EPAK

The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is focused on narrowing the equality gap in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools by providing microgrants directly to teachers.

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EPAK’s Focus

Quality education is one of the best investments we can make. 

We trust the experts to know what to do…that’s why we invest in teachers. By providing grants directly to teachers, we’re helping them improve the educational experience of their students.

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EPAK Results

In 2022-2023 we awarded over $335,000 in grants.

EPAK funded over 500 separate teacher-directed projects across 12 schools in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Twenty percent of these grants benefited special needs students.


The top three project areas funded by our grants were:

35%


Literacy Initiatives

14%


Art & Music

13%


Science

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EPAK Highlights

EPAK’s
difference

Support
teachers

Geography
is not destiny

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🍎 It's Teacher Appreciation Week! 📚 At EPAK, we're honored to support educators with grants to enhance their classrooms. Thank you, teachers, for your dedication and hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
🍎 Its Teacher Appreciation Week! 📚 At EPAK, were honored to support educators with grants to enhance their classrooms. Thank you, teachers, for your dedication and hard work!

EPAK Celebrates Earth Day! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
EPAK Celebrates Earth Day!

April is Stress Awareness Month!

Teacher Allison M. writes, "This EPAK grant is dedicated to all the students who show up persistently to school, even though it seems like we are all struggling one way or the other. With this EPAK grant, we hope to find some of that pre-existing magic in the classroom through art. School doesn't have to be a place where kids dread coming, but hopefully it can still be a place...of hope."
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1 month ago
April is Stress Awareness Month!

Teacher Allison M. writes, This EPAK grant is dedicated to all the students who show up persistently to school, even though it seems like we are all struggling one way or the other. With this EPAK grant, we hope to find some of that pre-existing magic in the classroom through art. School doesnt have to be a place where kids dread coming, but hopefully it can still be a place...of hope.

EPAK funds, "First Time on a Farm!"

"Going on the field trip helped our students to understand their environment a little better. Spending time in nature was a real opportunity to help with both their mental and physical health. The farm was a great way for kids to experience their connection with the natural world first-hand. For some students, this kind of field trip was their first chance to see live animals and interact with them."
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2 months ago
EPAK funds, First Time on a Farm!

Going on the field trip helped our students to understand their environment a little better. Spending time in nature was a real opportunity to help with both their mental and physical health. The farm was a great way for kids to experience their connection with the natural world first-hand. For some students, this kind of field trip was their first chance to see live animals and interact with them.

Happy Valentine’s Day to our EPAK family of teachers, students & donors! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
Happy Valentine’s Day to our EPAK family of teachers, students & donors!

"Being able to provide more direct, explicit instruction with the materials I purchased with my EPAK grant has really helped build my students' confidence and feel more capable when assigned a writing task. THANK YOU, EPAK!" ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
Being able to provide more direct, explicit instruction with the materials I purchased with my EPAK grant has really helped build my students confidence and feel more capable when assigned a writing task. THANK YOU, EPAK!