The Kids Are All Right

Marin City District

With the help of The Conscious Kitchen, this school district became first in the nation to serve its students 100 percent organic meals that are sustainably sourced and free of GMOs. Over a two-year period, disciplinary cases dropped and attendance rose.

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging

For the first time, the Buck has begun offering access to its multimillion-dollar facilities through summer camps. In the 1,200-square-foot learning center, kids participate in science sessions geared to enhance what they’ve been learning at school and highlighting everyday uses of science in the workplace.

Vallecito Elementary

“Sitting is the new smoking” is a phrase you’ve likely heard before, and it’s no joke. Sitting increases diabetes and obesity rates, and this school is standing up to those figures — literally — by being first in the world to give every student a standing desk.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.