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More than a million students in all 50 states, at 2,300 schools, including 15 schools in Marin, celebrated National No One Eats Alone Day on Feb. 15. The program was created by Marin nonprofit Beyond Differences in 2012 and piloted at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael. The goal of the program is to raise awareness about social isolation and make schools more inclusive for everyone regardless of their differences. Pictured above are teens at Davidson Middle School.

Beyond Differences believes meaningful change will only come when it is peer-driven. Teen board members were on hand to facilitate No One Eats Alone Day at Davidson Middle School. Some of the activities included students using conversation cards to engage with classmates they don’t know and students filling out pledges to end social isolation on hearts and leaves and attaching them to a large tree that will be displayed in the courtyard of the school. Student leadership members (above, left to right) are Chiqui Diaz, Derrik Sese and Ellie Diaz.

Beyond Differences Teen Board members (above, left to right) are ):  Austin Graff, Clara Estebecorena  and Alex Paloglou. Visit to find out how your school can get involved.

-Photos courtesy of Beyond Differences


On February 14th, local entrepreneur and philanthropist Sudha Pennathur presented $17,000 to Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir, a gift raised from her October Sudha’s Treasures sample sale at Corte Madera Town Center. Whistlestop has been a grateful beneficiary of Sudha’s success for the last two years. The donation continues to help Whistlestop provide critical support to some of Marin’s most vulnerable community members. Pictured (left to right) are Yvonne Roberts, Whistlestop chief donor relations officer, Ed Messerly, Sudha’s husband, Pennathur and O’Hehir.

-Photo courtesy of Whistlestop


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