In place of its annual Spring event, the Floral Fling, Marin Charitable moved the event online and presented the “Virtual Spring Fling” on May 27 to raise funds to provide grants to organizations that offer critical support, education and enrichment for school-aged children in Marin who have limited opportunities. The event drew over 200 participants and raised close to $50,000 through the virtual shopping mall, online auction and post event celebration. -Photo courtesy of Marin Charitable
ForWords Literacy Lab in San Rafael serves low income and underserved first-generation students through an innovative literacy program. The organization recently welcomed middle school graduates into its “Summer Bridge to High School,” a five week academic program that serves 25 students who will earn five units of high school credit and a head start as they transition to ninth grade this fall. Each student was presented with a learning kit that featured personal welcome notes from ForWords staff, important tools for the program including a facemask, writing journal and a copy of “Breaking Through,” a memoir by Dr. Francisco Jimenez. -Photo courtesy of ForWords LiteracyLab
Izagani Aquino, (above, top) a 17 year old San Marin High School student who sewed more than 100 masks for families in the Canal District while live streaming and fundraising for the San Francisco Marin Food Bank, inspired Connor and Austin Castro, (above, bottom) a 17 year old San Marin High School student and a 14 year old Sinaloa Middle School student, to give back to the community. The brothers used their 3-D printer to make face shields with a program from the National Institutes of Health for guidance. The face shields were donated to nurses, a law enforcement officer and a dentist. -Photos courtesy of the Aquino and Castro families
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