Castilleja School’s ACE Center provides a number of co-curricular and curricular experiential learning programs, aimed to promote leadership development for all students. Please use this site to get an update on a number of projects.

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre 1/8

The minute you walk into the theater at PACT, the cozy atmosphere and friendly staff makes any visitors feel welcome right away. Old photographs from previous productions and marks on the wall from the actors make it apparent that the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre works to “nurture the [...]

Beechwood School 1/9

Beechwood’s Mission Beechwood is a private, non-profit school. It goes from kindergarten to eighth grade, and is attended by 170 students who are taught by 30 teachers and staff members. Volunteers from the community also support the school. Its official mission statement: “We believe [...]

Ada’s Cafe Wednesday 1/9/13

The non-profit organization, Ada’s Cafe, employs individuals with disabilities in an effort to overcome the astounding rate of unemployment disabled adults, at 80%. Numerous disabled adults are unable to live independently and implement life skills. Through important work, Ada’s Cafe provides [...]

Taking Local Environmental Action with Acterra

Have you ever been bored and wanted to get outside?  We have the perfect opportunity for you that will not only give you some vitamin D but will also educate you about the ecosystem.  On January 8th, 2013 we took a trip to the San Francisquito Creek in Menlo Park. We worked with members of […]

East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) – Tuesday 1/8/13

The mission of Collective Roots is to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. Palo Alto. Thriving center of innovation and luxury. Just across the freeway lies East Palo Alto, a community deprived of [...]

East Palo Alto Charter School 1/9

What would the organization ideally like conveyed to the Castilleja Community about their work? Making a Salad “So, if I’m cooking, I’ll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff,” Sir Paul McCartney. As Paul McCartney said, salad is a crucial part of your daily [...]

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) – Tuesday 1/8/13

On Tuesday, we went to East Palo Alto to volunteer at 35-year old community based organization, the Ecumenical Hunger Program. This institution would ideally like to convey to the Castilleja Community it is a non profit organization that provides emergency supplies and services to people in [...]

Day 7: “Guatever”

By: Contento Pod (Jamie, Nickie, Anne, Meredith, and Sophia) We woke up this morning (today was a sleep-in — we slept until 8:30!) in our temporary “home,” Antigua, Guatemala. After a tumultuous past few days (both literally, as the roads are composed of boulders, and [...]

Guatemala Day 6

Today was our final day interviewing the weavers with our becadas. We started out the morning with an early final breakfast of omelets in Chimaltenango and then returned to the Rosa Maya Center in Comalapa. The becadas definitely felt more at ease with us today and in turn we felt more [...]

Taj Mahal and Agra (Day 6)

Today we headed to Agra to see the Taj Mahal! We woke up early and ate our breakfast during the bus ride. As we drove, we sang songs, observed the crazy driving, and viewed the neighborhoods and street shops. When we arrived, we went straight to the Taj. It was incredible, and we have taken [...]

Day 4 in China

This morning we got to sleep in a little later than normal. At 10:15 we headed out of the hotel. After walking for a little over five minutes we reached our final destination, Shanghai’s Eco-City building. The office spaces in this tall, modern building are occupied by many different companies. [...]

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