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VIDEO: Celebrating science

 

Children and their parents descended on the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Wednesday evening, March 7, for Family Science Night. The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo provides science programming to local elementary schools thanks to funds schools receive from PiE (Partners in Education).

Photo and video by James Tensuan/Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by Funny
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

What a fun night! One of the things that makes the city of Palo Alto such a great, family-friendly place to live.

(Aside: I like the woman texting at 1:19, oblivious to the fact that she is being filmed. Sigh.)


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Posted by interesting
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

So PiE sponsors any community events and doesn't just support our schools? Not that I'm complaining but it would be nice to know what you're donating to.


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Posted by terryg
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Dear Interesting,
Actually the reporter wasn't quite accurate. PiE didn't sponsor this event, PiE was there to join in the celebration because of the mutual interest in science. PiE helps fund science in the schools (as you likely know) but does not fund the museum. I think the reporter just got that impression - I can ask him to correct it.
Terry


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Posted by RussianMom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

If PiE was there, how come our kids were not notified? Did it go through schools?


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Posted by PIE money for the Zoo?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm



I thought the only way we can have additional aides in the classrooms, and additional "staff" for our schools, which the district can't afford, is through PIE.

Shouldn't every penny PIE receives go directly for staffing our schools.

More counselors for example?

It's very annoying how stuff like this gets done through small print.


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Posted by terryg
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

Hello
Just to reiterate - PiE money is not going to the Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ); this was a mistake in the caption. PiE funds some science in the elementary schools and the JMZ does programs at the schools. This was a celebration of science for kids. All PiE funds go to schools. If you'd like to discuss this not on chat boards, contact me at tgodfrey@papie.org

Thanks and thanks to JMZ for a great event for kids
Terry


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Posted by Teacher Yazz
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Family Science Night was a lovely celebration of science education.  
ALL of the teachers' and staff's time was DONATED for the event.  I personally donated the snacks for the evening, in addition to many hours of time.  No PiE funds were used for this event.

An announcement about Family Science Night was distributed to the school enews editors throughout the district, and the principals and teachers of each PAUSD elementary were all invited.  We did our best to spread the word about this fun, free community-serving event.

It's unfortunate that there is a miscommunication in the caption.  PiE funds do not go to the zoo.

Anyone who was at Family Science Night can tell you that it was a wonderful evening of family fun generously and voluntarily organized by people who CARE DEEPLY about this community.


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