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Nothing is more important than a good teacher.
– Barack Obama

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WHAT’S NEW

Increased grant amounts and adapting guidelines for funding are helping teachers to meet the challenges of teaching safely during the pandemic.

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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 2020-2021 we awarded nearly $430,000 in grants.

EPAK funded almost 500 separate teacher-directed projects across 13 schools in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Many of these grants were for distance learning (47.5%) and/or special needs students (16.6%).


The top three project areas funded by our pre-pandemic grants were:

37%


Literacy Initiatives

25%


Science Projects

12%


Special Needs Students

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EPAK Highlights

EPAK’s
difference

Support
teachers

Geography
is not destiny

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It's HERE!!! Back to school!! Which means, we've got you covered teachers!

Apply now for our Fall Grant AND (if eligible) our New Teacher Grant - applications open NOW at
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2 months ago
Its HERE!!! Back to school!! Which means, weve got you covered teachers! 

Apply now for our Fall Grant AND (if eligible) our New Teacher Grant - applications open NOW at https://epak.org/grant-application/

Congrats to all the amazing EPAK recipients as they complete a challenging school year. You did it!!!

And thank you to all the donors who helped give these incredible folks grants this year!
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4 months ago

Question:
How does an East Palo Alto science teacher conduct a hands-on experiment with photosynthesis during distance learning?

Answer:
With the help of an EPAK teacher grant to provide each student at home materials for a floating leaf disk lab!

Check out more about our grants at epak.org
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5 months ago
Question:
How does an East Palo Alto science teacher conduct a hands-on experiment with photosynthesis during distance learning? 

Answer:
With the help of an EPAK teacher grant to provide each student at home materials for a floating leaf disk lab! 

Check out more about our grants at epak.org

The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) has received a generous grant of $15,000 from the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) to support our work in providing microgrants directly to teachers serving the eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools.
Acknowledging EPAK's work, Executive Director of PACF Lisa Van Dusen wrote:
"You have been beyond resourceful, creative and determined as you have pivoted and innovated to meet the needs of our neighbors. You are one of our local heroes."

EPAK is grateful to PACF, and to our donors, who support the teacher grants that help students disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

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The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) distributes annual grants to local nonprofit that help families, uplift the vulnerable, improve education opportunities, and enhance community life. For over 40 years, PACF’s annual grant making process has focused on supporting the organizations that provide the network of support for its neighbors in Palo Alto, East Palo and Menlo Park.

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6 months ago
The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) has received a generous grant of $15,000 from the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) to support our work in providing microgrants directly to teachers serving the eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. 
Acknowledging  EPAKs work, Executive Director of PACF Lisa Van Dusen wrote: 
You have been beyond resourceful, creative and determined as you have pivoted and innovated to meet the needs of our neighbors. You are one of our local heroes.  

EPAK is grateful to PACF, and to our donors, who support the teacher grants that help students disproportionately affected by the pandemic. 

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The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) distributes annual grants to local nonprofit that help families, uplift the vulnerable, improve education opportunities, and enhance community life. For over 40 years, PACF’s annual grant making process has focused on supporting the organizations that provide the network of support for its neighbors in Palo Alto, East Palo and Menlo Park.

https://m.facebook.com/paloaltocommunityfund/

EPAK has awarded 150 teacher grants to schools this spring as teachers continue to educate students from our most vulnerable families. Please support EPAK and this $100,000 initiative. Please support the children and donate.

Www.EPAK.org/donate
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6 months ago
EPAK has awarded 150 teacher grants to schools this spring as teachers continue to educate students from our most vulnerable families. Please support EPAK and this $100,000 initiative. Please support the children and donate.

Www.EPAK.org/donate