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Title Oral History of Trisha Garlock and Penny Weiss
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, Trisha Garlock and Penny Weiss tell the story of Kiddo!, the fundraising organization they founded together in 1982 to support arts and music education in Mill Valley’s public schools. Trisha and Penny recall the outrage they felt when they learned that as a result of the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, state funding for such programs was going to be cut, leaving it up to individual schools and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) groups. At the time, Penny was president of the PTA at Old Mill School and Trisha was working in the arts non-profit sector, and the two neighbors and friends resolved to combine their experience and connections to create the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, later renamed Kiddo!. Trisha and Penny recall how the organization was initially conceived as a stopgap measure until the State resumed funding art and music education — which had still not occurred at the time of this interview. They describe how, after years of hard work on their part, and with the support of the local business community and civic groups, it became an institution in the community that has had a positive impact on the lives of the many thousands of young people who have passed through Mill Valley’s public schools. The remarkable story that Penny and Trisha tell in this oral history is also a poignant story of a singular and enduring friendship that continued and deepened after the two retired from Kiddo!, Penny in 1996 and Trisha some 15 years later.
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Dates of Creation 2014-10-18
Narrator's name Garlock, Trisha and Weiss, Penny
Interviewer Allen, Mari
Extent and Medium Transcript: 23pp
Recording: 01:05:38
Search Terms Altman, Danny
Canepa, Bob
Corning, Henry
Edna Maguire Elementary School
Frazier, Craig
Fund raising
Garlock, Jim
Kleiner, Joyce
Marin Community Foundation
Mill Valley Middle School
Parent-Teacher Association
SchoolsRule Marin
Weiss, Gabriel
Weiss, Josh
Weiss, Robert
Object ID 2016.051.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2014. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.