In 1965, Mrs. Gertrude Wilks founded the Mothers for Equal Education. At the time the main thrust of the Mothers was to effectively eliminate segregation and achieve a learning program for the children of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven Comminty of Menlo Park.
A tutorial program called Saturday School was organized to help improve reading and math skills of elementary age students in Ravenswood School district.
Properties were purchased in East Palo Alto, for school operation. The Sneak Out Program was then organized. This program consisted of a Palo Alto family allowing an East Palo Alto student to live in their home 5 day a week and attend Jr. High and High School in the Palo Alto District. At the same time we developed, East Palo Alto Day School grades K-8. The young people that attended Palo Alto Schools were able to graduate from a 4 year college.
Mothers for Equal Education also started a Headstart Program funded by San Mateo County for pre-schoolers.
After 2 year of EPA Day School became Nairobi School Inc. Eventually, the Nairobi Elementary and High closed in 1972. Later the properties were rented and some were sold.
Since then, a new Board of Directors was formed with Mrs. Gertrude Wilks as the original President and Founder. The new MEE community involvement were to assist young men and women of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven community and its surrounding areas.
In 2007 MEE gave $8000 in scholarships to 7 students. In 2008 MEE gave $20,000 in scholarships for Community College, University and Vocational School to 24 young men and women.
Our, intentions is to make this Scholarship Program an ongoing project