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East Palo Alto – Belle Haven

The East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities work collaboratively with a wide-range of non-profit, governmental, and business organizations to create a quality instructional program which empowers students to make positive choices, achieve their personal best, be college bound, and productive responsible participants in a 21st century global society. The community is committed to preparing all students to succeed and contribute in a changing world.

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The Big Lift programming is available at no cost to qualified families by San Mateo County Measure K tax dollars.

Program Dates/Fechas del Program: June 22 – July 20, 2020

Grades/Grado: Entering Kindergarten*

*Only students who are or will be enrolled in Kindergarten in the Ravenswood City School District are eligible for the program.  Students who enroll in Palo Alto Unified School District are not eligible.

*Por favor tenga en cuenta que solo los estudiantes que están o estarán inscritos en el Kindergarten en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Ravenswood son elegibles para el programa. Los estudiantes que están inscritos en Distrito Escolar Unificado de Palo Alto no son elegibles.

(In English)

(En Español)

The Big Lift enables kindergarteners to feel welcomed on campuses, meet fellow students, and engage in an enriching summer curriculum.

Gina Sudaria, Superintendent, Ravenswood City School District

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Success Story

Innovative teachers make clean-up time fun and educational!

Recognizing play is an intrinsic motivator, The Big Lift teachers created a clean-up time routine that was playful, while adding learning components. The teachers planned the clean-up process based on student insights utilizing intentional design, Social-Emotional learning (cooperation), Mathematics (sorting and categorizing), Science (observation and hypothesis), and Language Development (repetition and definition of a novel word).

Community Demographics

The Big Lift Partners

Community Partners

Community Impact Report

This 2019 East Palo Alto-Belle Haven Inspiring Summers report presents the inspiring outcomes of this holistic learning experience blending academics with enrichment, social-emotional skill development, and community engagement.

Download the report

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