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Caption: Head of School Kevin Yaley (left) and San Diego River Park Foundation Trustee Jim Dawe with Parker graduate Marly Isler, signing her booklets. Photo Courtesy of Francis Parker School / Ken Stone

August 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- The San Diego River has stories to tell — if you know where to find them. A booklet by  Francis Parker School graduate Marly Isler fills the bill. And it's easy to find.

As a junior at Parker, Marly combined her volunteerism at the San Diego River Park Foundation with her School community service project — producing a booklet for river visitors. Today Marly is a student at Yale University and the booklet, "A Brief Walk Along the San Diego River," is available on the San Diego River Park Foundation website,

“When Joan Embery first told me about her goal of seeing a field guide to the San Diego River, I was hooked on the project. I have grown up in San Diego my whole life, so this was a great way for me to learn a lot more about the animals and plants of my native city. I am incredibly happy with how it turned out and I hope you are too!" Marly says.

"At the San Diego River Park Foundation, we work to create opportunities for the emotional connections to our historic River that allows the sense of wonder to come alive, forge lifelong love of the outdoors, and foster stewardship of the San Diego River. Marly's booklet will certainly enrich the experiences for the many families who will visit our historic River," said Rob Hutsel, Executive Director and Co-Founder, San Diego River Park Foundation.

“The ideals of community service, leadership and civic responsibility have deep roots in Parker history,” said Kevin Yaley, Head of School. "Marly has brought those ideals to life by creating a great resource for those seeking to enjoy the amazing habitat of the San Diego River."

Established in 1912, Francis Parker School offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 at campuses in Mission Hills and Linda Vista.  Parker's mission is to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.





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