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   San Rafael-based Kids Cooking for Life received a grant from Giving Marin Community Partnership at an awards ceremony Feb. 9.

“The $10,000 grant allows us to host a seven-week summer camp in Marin City focusing on nutrition through hands-on cooking,” said  Lara Rajninger, executive director at Kids Cooking for Life. “This is a huge win for the children and families of the community.”

   Kids Cooking for Life classes use a dedicated curriculum developed by experts in nutrition, the culinary arts, agriculture and elementary education. Emphasizing the four pillars of nutrition — Lean on Protein, Be Sugar Smart, All-in with Whole Grains, and Eat the Rainbow — Kids Cooking for Life has developed recipes that are relatable (family friendly), repeatable (easy to replicate) and reachable (budget friendly).

A $10,000 grant will allow Kids Cooking for Life to host a seven-week summer camp in Marin City focused on nutrition through hands-on cooking. – Photos courtesy of Kids Cooking for Life

   Using age-appropriate lesson plans, goals and learning objectives, students are exposed to all aspects of food preparation and sanitation. They discover where food comes from, master knife skills and learn to read and understand nutrition labels. Heart health and diabetes prevention are also part of the curriculum. 

   “Teacher-student ratios are small; no child is an idle observer in our experiential learning kitchen,” Rajninger said.

   Learn more about Kids Cooking for Life at


Winner announced in car raffle

   Dedication to Special Education, the all-volunteer parent group that raises funds for special education programs throughout Marin, announced Kathleen O’Brien of San Anselmo as the winner of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The drawing was held Feb. 13 at Toyota Marin in San Rafael.

   Over $80,000 was raised for Dedication to Special Education programs including the Grants to Special Educators and the Technology Resource Center of Marin. The programs impact all 19 school districts in Marin, helping all children with special needs in the county reach their full educational potential.

   The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the 17th vehicle donated by Toyota Marin, a Price Simms Family Dealership.  Visit to learn more.


Dedication to Special Education volunteers and Marin County education officials gather with Toyota Marin and Price Simms leaders and first responders to raffle a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
– Photo courtesy of Dedication to Special Education

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