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Spectrum - November 12, 2010

Guest Opinion: Why I'm supporting Palo Alto schools, even at 92

by Sam Webster

After 92 unbelievably terrific years — five decades of them lived in Palo Alto — I just mailed in my first check to support Palo Alto public schools through Partners in Education (PiE, at, the local public-education foundation.

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Sam Webster is a Palo Alto businessman focused on real estate and agriculture investments. A lifelong athlete, he participated in the 1946 Wimbledon Championships and was a nationally ranked senior tennis player until he was 75. In the 1980s he organized the Sun Porch project in Palo Alto to provide housing and supervision for wayward boys and girls. He also was a strong supporter of the Avenidas Senior Center. He received the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Tall Trees Award and the Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award.


Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Sam - thanks for a great letter! You really understand how our District benefits everyone, even before or after they have kids in the schools. Thanks!

Posted by Member, a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

How lucky for PAUSD! Congrats! I work for Stanford University and truly enjoy the beauty of Palo Alto each day! I live in Redwood City where it's culturally and financially diverse--this diversity brings the community together and keeps us humble. My son is so happy to be attending Adelante Spanish Immersion Elementary School (where he's super proud to be learning another language!); we don't score the highest, but our community is strong! Sadly 51% of the families are below income; we nearly have to beg for $300/year per family to make ends meet and our classes are up to 32 kids now! If others are feeling generous out there, please help us (contact our principal Linda Montes). I understand everyone needs help, but perhaps this plea may strike a cord. Muchas gracias!

Posted by Stay on topic, geez, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:35 am

How lame to ask for people to donate to YOUR school when the article is about donating to PAUSD.

Wonderful article by Sam; a pleasure to read.

Posted by RE: Stay on topic, geez, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Geez, have some compassion, whoever placed the comment from PAHS community! You have just made yourself sound snooty, obnoxious, and uneducated because you're one of the privileged to live in Palo Alto. Open your eyes and get our of your bubble!

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