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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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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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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:
With respect and admiration, we recognize the month of February as Black History Month- to acknowledge and celebrate the experiences and accomplishments of the Black community.
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Our teachers are busy applying for new semester grants with students at the heart of their proposals. Check out some of the awesome grant ideas we’ve seen so far!
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Celebrating Diversity in Our East Palo Alto and Eastern Menlo Park Educational Communities.
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January 2023 update:
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What are you looking forward to in 2023? At EPAK, we are excited to continue giving educators & students what they deserve through the help of our gracious donors!
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EPAK has expanded its grant eligibility range to meet the changing needs of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students and schools. Our 2022-23 grants go to classroom teachers, but also to special education teachers, reading intervention teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health and wellness teachers, makerspace teachers, counselors and librarians. The principal of Belle Haven, Michelle Masuda, recently wrote:
Everyone who interacts with our students plays a vital role in developing our scholars from custodians and kitchen staff to our teachers and counselors. With all that is going on in the world around us, we strive to make school a safe space that students can look forward to daily. When connections are made between staff and students the possibilities are endless!
In case you missed it: Our Giving Tuesday Matching has been extended through December 31. All increased donations and donations from new donors will be matched up to $6,000, thanks to the volunteers of the EPAK board of directors. ... See MoreSee Less
GIVING TUESDAY HAS ARRIVED.
This Giving Tuesday,
we have a Matching Challenge!
EPAK's all-volunteer board members have pooled together a $6,000.00 #GivingTuesday Matching Grant. Every $1 from new donors will have double the impact.
We are grateful for you! Thank you!
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