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MA students start canning campaign

Menlo-Atherton High School leadership students have started their 2022 canned food drive.

Atherton School students collect cans outside of the following locations:

• Trader Joe’s in Menlo Park

• Safeway on El Camino and in Sharon Heights

• Dragers in Menlo Park

• Bianchinis in Ladera

• Key Market in Redwood City

• Willow Market in Menlo Park

• Robert’s Market in Portola Valley.

Last year, students raised almost a record-breaking £400,000 of food.

More than 400 families will receive canned goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, rice and chicken for at least two weeks in December. Volunteers are needed on distribution day to help students sort and pack the groceries.

The ride runs until December 9th. Donations for the purchase of perishable food can be made here.

Talk about helping teenagers get more sleep

Lisa L. Lewis, author of the new book The Sleep-Deprived Teen, will present on November 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on “Why Teen and Tween Sleep Matters, and How Parents and Schools can help” on Zoom.

Reserve a seat here.

Early Learning Center for student enrollment

The Menlo Park City School District Early Learning Center is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year lottery for its Laurel and Oak Knoll campuses, including its Laurel Spanish Immersion classroom.

To be eligible, students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2023, and district residents have priority in enrollment. Applications for the first lottery are possible until January 9th. Families applying after the lottery will be enrolled on an ongoing basis, subject to space availability.

Personal tours are available at Laurel and Oak Knoll for fully vaccinated, masked adults. Visitors must provide proof of vaccination to participate in the tour. Visit the Early Learning Center website for more information.

Tour de Menlo Scholarship Ride raises $52,000

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s annual fundraiser, the Tour de Menlo Scholarship Ride, held September 17, raised $52,000, which will be used toward college scholarships for local students, community scholarships, and a contribution to the Almanac Holiday Fund to provide for a press release.

This was the first year the event fully resumed after having truncated and alternate programming during the height of the pandemic. This year’s event had 199 cyclists on the 63 mile ride, 86 cyclists on the 43 mile ride and 92 cyclists on the 35 mile ride.

The Tour introduced a 16-mile family ride this year that attracted 57 cyclists. For the first time, the Menlo Park Police Department attended the event. The event began for the second consecutive year at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Valparaiso Avenue. Lutticken served lunch and jazz band Nathan Tokunaga performed.

“There should be a law” competition.

Would you like to write a new law in the books? State Senator Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, announced a contest that will allow people to do just that.

“If you’ve ever said to yourself, ‘There should be a law,’ now is your chance to get your idea out there and get it legislated that will change the way things are done in California ‘ he said in a press release.

Introducing draft laws from the population is not a new idea for Becker, according to the senator’s press release. “During his first two years in office, Becker introduced bills presented to him by people in the district who signed legislation addressing climate change, community college fees, health and privacy issues.”

Becker said he hopes the contest will generate more ideas on issues like climate justice and economic opportunity, although other suggestions are welcome, including repealing laws that don’t work.

With the competition, Becker wants to create more awareness of the state’s legislative process. “My goal is to show people what it’s like when an idea goes from the drawing board to the legislative field, so they can see for themselves what it takes for an idea to actually become law,” he said.

The contest is open to residents of Senate District 13, which includes portions of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Proposals must be submitted online at and are limited to one idea per form, although multiple forms may be submitted.

Becker will select the winning entry and submit it as a Senate draft in February.

The state senator presents Menlo Park with a check for $4.5 million

State Senator Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, presented the Menlo Park City Council with a $4.5 million novelty check for the city’s electrification program in partnership with BlocPower, aimed at making the transition from natural gas more affordable for residents make.

“Think global, act local,” Becker said at the meeting. “Menlo Park was on the front lines thanks to that advice.”

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