Happy Hispanic Heritage month! Our summer was incredible and the school year has been a whirlwind. Thank you so much to the many volunteers, partners, and donors for an amazing 2022 so far! By now, you should have received our 2021/2022 Impact Report. If you would like a copy, please let us know. Here is a link to it online. As we consider Redwood City’s Latino population, which today makes up nearly 40 percent of the community’s population, Latinos have played an integral role in our city’s growth even before it was founded. Fernando Vega was the first Latino to serve on the Redwood City Elementary School District Board and the first to serve on the City Council in the early 1970s. Priscilla Marquez Mosher followed Fernando, joining the school board in 1977. Ruben Barrales became the first Latino elected to a countywide position as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1992. In 2001 Maria Diaz-Slocum joined Alicia Aguirre on the school board, making it the first time two Latinas served together in the City. Aguirre subsequently served on the City Council and was elected Mayor of Redwood City in 2011, the first Latina to serve in this vital role.* Alicia was part of the mural festivities celebrated this summer! We invite you to read below and catch up on all we have going on this Fall and we hope to see you soon!
Back To School
Our students have been settling into the new school year and we are excited to launch this week. Please read below for some tangible ways that you can support our students and families, including volunteering, prayer team, and donations.
Our work together has been so much fun and incredibly rewarding for our students and families. Just this past week we were able to collaborate on a new project that will be displayed at the new Community Space on behalf of CZI and the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation. Thank you as always to Sheena Wilton for her dedication and passion!
Can you help a student this year?
Now is a great time to engage with our community by reading with a child. Just one hour a week makes a difference in the lives of our students and families. Our fall programming began on Monday, 9/12. We have weekday opportunities from 4:00-5:30 pm (you choose 1 hour that works for your schedule). Please join us AND consider telling a friend! We welcome High School students who are interested in completing community service hours or seeking a service project. Our upcoming calendar is below and updates are always available on our website. Click the button for more information or to sign up.
Our fall match campaign is at 38% with $9,535 raised so far! Every gift is DOUBLED so please help us start this school year off with a BANG!
We encourage donations via Facebook or Zelle (no fees!). We also accept ACH, Venmo, and PayPal.
Details are on our website, click the button above.
Here is our AEC calendar should you like to join us for the fun! We have added Danza Colibri to our Wednesday programming! The children are loving this! We continue dance and music with Fridays and Sundays as well as Taekwondo on Thursdays at 5:30 at Salvation Army.