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News - September 16, 2022

Around Town

STAY COOL ... Last week's heat wave was the most sweltering time this summer as temperatures broke longstanding records around the Bay Area. As the temperatures went up, so did community efforts to provide local residents relief from the heat. In Palo Alto, the Karat School Project gave more than 200 gallons of water to people who live in cars and recreational vehicles from Sept. 6-8. Volunteers dropped off the much-needed resource along El Camino Real, Greer Road and other locations around the city. The distribution was particularly vital for individuals and families who live in cars, since they lack running water, according to Evelyne Keomian, Karat School Project founder and executive director. "Heat waves like the ones we have been experiencing highly impact children's livelihood and their ability to do well in school," Keomian said in an email. "Some single mothers have to leave their children alone in RVs and go to work. We check on them to ensure that no one has a heat stroke." The handout was part of the nonprofit's RV project, which has assisted vehicle dwellers by dropping off educational materials and gift cards for food to local families since 2020. State Sen. Josh Becker also helped out students in the Ravenswood City School District by handing out boxes of free water bottles and providing air-conditioning units, he shared on Twitter. The distribution took place on Sept. 7 at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto with help from district trustee Ana Maria Pulido, according to event organizers.

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