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Renovated Volunteer Center Thanks To Rebuilding Together and DPR Construction

October 25, 2021

With help from Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley and DPR Construction, RAFT has a new and improved volunteer center. Thank you to the volunteers for revamping our volunteer center and providing an inviting space for our volunteers and staff. DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results, consistently ranked in the top general contractors…

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Members: Help us improve and win a $50 RAFT gift certificate!

October 19, 2021

Your input last year led to many significant changes to improve the shopping experience at RAFT. Here’s how your feedback helped us:  Members wanted more direction within the store. So RAFT added signage throughout the store with more signs to come! Members wanted to buy more technology items for sale at RAFT. So we brought…

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2 New Kits!

October 18, 2021

RAFT has 2 new kits: Paper Sunflowers and Rolling Maze. These kits are the first in a series of kits specially geared for early childhood educators (ECE) and early elementary teachers. Paper Sunflowers Young learners practice motor skills and blend science, art, and math to create beautiful plant models. Our new Paper Sunflowers STEAM Project…

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RAFT Hall of Fame | Class of 2021

September 23, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 STEAM Teachers of the Year, RAFT Heroes, RAFT Partner of the Year and RAFT Volunteer Award winners! Thank you for all you do for our students, our education community, and RAFT! STEAM Teachers of the Year Melissa NakamuraLagunita Elementary School STEAM Teacher of the Year presented by KPMG Mrs. Nakamura is…

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RAFT’s Electromagnetism Workshop Sparks Inspiration and Creativity!

Jul 23, 2019 |

RAFT relaunched its workshop program this summer with several interesting classes covering a variety of topics such as classroom management, design challenge facilitation, laser engraving, preschool math and science, and several others.  The workshop held on Saturday July 20, 2019 was called Exploring Electromagnetism…

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RAFT Redwood City is Closing—Major Sale!

Jun 26, 2019 |

This week is the last chance to visit our Redwood City location. Please note die-cutting and laminating will not be available this week as we prepare for the move. We are holding an inventory liquidation sale running through Saturday, June 29th (during our normal operating…

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Free Trial Memberships!

May 3, 2019 |

To celebrate RAFT’s 25th Anniversary, we are featuring some amazing specials to support our educators! All current members are receiving a free, automatic 4-month extension on their current memberships. Thank you for your membership!We will also feature a FREE Trial Membership window from May…

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A Message from Nigel Ball, RAFT Interim CEO

Mar 29, 2019 |

Dear RAFT Community: As you may know, RAFT has recently appointed me to lead this great charitable organization as Interim CEO. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to fulfill RAFTs mission of helping educators to transform a child’s learning experience through hands-on education…

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Leadership Change Announcement

Mar 27, 2019 |

March 27, 2019 — The Board of Directors of Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) today announced RAFT’s CEO, Sarah Slavin, has left RAFT. Since joining RAFT in December 2017, Sarah has led RAFT in fulfilling its mission of helping educators to transform a child’s…

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Holiday Shutdown – December 25th – January 1st

Dec 27, 2018 |

RAFT will be observing the following hours for our Holiday Break. RAFT San Jose: RAFT San Jose will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 24 and will re-open Wednesday, January 2nd. RAFT Redwood City: RAFT Redwood City will be closed beginning Friday, December 21 and will re-open Wednesday, January 9th. Happy…

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