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Peabody’s Girls Group Gives Back to the Community 

How it all started…

During the Fall, the 4th/5th grade Girls Group at Peabody’s After School Program decided to give back to the community in a creative way. Site Coordinator Tara Anastasi and her Assistant Site Coordinator, Linda Acuna both run the weekly Girls Group and wanted to offer more meaningful experiences to the group. Tara found an organization called Stepping Stone that serves as a residence for working women in the early stages of recovery from alcohol abuse. Linda talked to the Girls about alcoholism and that the women at the facility were there to improve their lives. Tara emailed Stepping Stone’s Executive Director Gael Murphy about donating items on their wish list. Gael Murphy suggested the girls make items for the Christmas gift bags they hand out to the residents every year. The Girls Group set out to make bracelets and key chains for the bags. The Group got an overwhelming appreciative response when the gifts were delivered.

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The ExCEL After School Programs mission is to create and sustain "safe havens" at public schools where students and community members can access expanded learning opportunities and integrated education, health, social service, and cultural programs in the out-of-school hours.



April 21st meeting

What's happening at our upcoming meeting? Check out our agenda! Sign up for our April sessions!

posted 4/15/15


Seamless summer meal program

Seamless Summer Meal Survey/Application is now available! Please fill complete the survey even if you are not interested in the Summer Meal Program. Options for summer meals can also be found here.

posted 3/11/15


March 17th meeting

What's happening at our upcoming meeting? Check out our agenda! Sign up or read more information about our upcoming March sessions!

posted 3/10/15


Burning issues-lesson planning

The Burning Issues page has been updated with resources from our Lesson Planning Session.

posted 3/6/15


Calling for Spotlight Stories!

Do you have something great happening at your program you want to share? Here is your opportunity to share it with the world! See your program featured here on our ExCEL homepage in the spotlight section. Email Alice Tam at with your ideas.

posted 2/24/15


February 17th Meeting

The agenda from our February Site Coordinator/Lead Agency Meeting is now online. The Harvest of the Month pea recipes can also be found in the Nutrition/Physical Activity section.

posted 2/17/15


Crisis Prevention training

Do you want to learn about nonviolent deescalation practices? Sign up for SFUSD's CPI Training! Check out the schedule and follow the link to sign up. Questions? Contact Alice Tam at

posted 2/6/15


The 1080 Challenge

Did you decide to take on the 1080 Challenge? The 1080 Challenge commits to doing 1080 minutes of physical activity for the month of February. That's only 1 hour a day! Our 1080 Challenge Tip of the Day is in rotation right now! You can find these tips next to our Web Calendar.

posted 2/4/15

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