What's New at Kiddo!
We are pleased to welcome two new Kiddo!-funded teachers into the fold this year: Spanish teachers Emily Darawish and Jeanine Flowers-Dworak.
Darawish, who is teaching Spanish to Kindergarteners and First Graders at Old Mill, Park and Strawberry Point, comes to the Mill Valley School District with a background in Bilingual Education, Dual-Immersion, Regular Classroom teaching, and school administration. Emily has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Whitworth University and an MS in Teaching from Dominican University. She has taught in San Diego, San Francisco, Sonoma, and Marin.
Flowers-Dworak has an undergraduate degree in sociology from University of California at Santa Barbara and a teaching degree from California State University at Sacramento, and left a teaching position at the Bahia Vista School in San Rafael to join the Mill Valley School District. She is teaching Spanish to Kindergarteners and First Graders at Edna Maguire and Tam Valley.
Kiddo! Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Olds
Chances are, if you have attended a Kiddo! event in the past few years, you've run into Katy Olds. A mom whose two boys, Rowan and Evan, went through both Tam Valley and MVMS (Rowan is currently a junior at Tam High and Evan is an 8th grader at MVMS), Olds has long recognized the importance of Kiddo!, and even more crucial, the importance of volunteering for Kiddo!. That's because between the two of her sons, Olds says her family has received 18 years worth of wonderful learning experiences from Kiddo!.

"I feel deeply grateful for all of the special learning opportunities that Kiddo! has provided my sons -- many of which I would not have been able to give them otherwise. I am particularly grateful for the free music lessons that both of my sons received through the band," says Olds. "I enjoy volunteering frequently for Kiddo! as a way to show my appreciation. As a single mom working for a non-profit, I cannot donate as much as I wish I could to Kiddo!, so I enjoy donating my time and energy to help raise more money for Kiddo! through events such as the Fall Arts Festival pizza booth, the Mill Valley Block Party, Memorial Day and the Kiddo! Gala."

Michelle Connolly, who is the Kiddo! Events Coordinator, is thankful for Olds' donation of her time and service to Kiddo!, and calls her a frequent flyer on the Kiddo! volunteering airline.

"It's rare to find someone so selfless with their time," says Connolly.

If you are interested in volunteering for Kiddo!, we always have room for more to jump on board. We especially need photographers, videographers, and helpful hands for our various events throughout the year. Email info@kiddo.org and we'll get you started!
News, Notes & Thank Yous
Keep an eye out for the Kiddo! Community Survey . Your input and feedback is important in helping to guide Kiddo!'s future! Stay tuned!

Don't miss Kiddo!'s first art show , which is on display now at The Redwoods senior center at 40 Camino Alto. Opening reception is tonight, October 3, 5:30-6:30pm, and the show will remain open throughout the month.

A giant THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped make the 2019 Fall Arts Festival and the 22nd Annual Mill Valley Block Party huge successes! To see the names of all the people who helped us out, click here !
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