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Joaquin Moraga Intermediate Mourns the Loss of a Teacher; Tribute Planned

Carol Robak taught at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate for 34 years, passing recently after battling breast cancer. Now, her students and colleagues are looking for a little help in honoring her with a tribute befitting a teacher.

Patch heard from JM teacher Karlene Steelman Tuesday. Karlene and the JM family are looking for a little help in honoring a colleague who lost her battle with breast cancer recently.

"One of our former teachers, Carol Robak, passed away a few weeks ago," Steelman said. "We're hoping to paint a mural in her honor on the side of the gym. The design for the mural will be a contest and our art teacher will be painting it."

Steelman said the school is estimating the cost of the mural at about $2,500 and they are looking for a little help in defraying the cost.

"We were wondering if it might be possible to let people know about the contest and where to send donations if they are interested on Lamorinda Patch?" Steelman asked.

The short answer, Karlene, is that we'd be proud to do that. Look for additional information on the schools effort to honor their teacher in this space later in the day.

Eileen October 27, 2011 at 02:02 AM
I remember having Mrs. Robak for PE in the late seventies and early eighties at JMIS. She was a greater teacher and a class act. During the Iranian hostage crisis, when a big group of kids were taunting a smaller group of kids whose families had fled the Iranian revolution and settled in Moraga, Mrs. Robak was the only teacher I saw who tackled the problem head-on, sitting all of us down one day and explaining the irony of the situation - these kids' families were no friends of the revolution - to all, and demanding that the bullies cease and desist. I was so proud of her in that moment and have never forgot it. So sorry she lost her fight with breast cancer.

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