East Palo Alto Kids Foundations Supports Teachers in Low-Income Schools

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Since its inception 23 years ago, the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) has helped teachers in low-income, East Palo Alto schools with numerous micro grants totaling over $2.5 million. Awarded to educators each semester, these $300 to $600 gifts help them pay for materials books, and field trips for their students.

Erin Gonce Wakshlag, a reading interventionist specialist at Brentwood Academy, was recently awarded a $600 grant for 300 books for first and second graders. Brentwood Academy is part of the Ravenswood City School District, in which 75% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 18% are homeless or in shelters.

Without a wealthy parents association to fill the funding gap, the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation played an indispensable role in helping Wakshlag effectively perform her duties as an educator.

Read full story at: San Jose Mercury News

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