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Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Wife Chan to Start Private East Palo Alto School

Hoping to counter poverty’s toll on children, Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg, are launching what’s certain to become a multimillion-dollar project: a private comprehensive preschool and K-8 school, linked to health services for children and families in East Palo Alto.

The couple is expected to announce Thursday their vision for The Primary School, which will target the most disadvantaged residents of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Set to open in August, the project stems from Chan’s passion to alleviate the effects of poverty on children — something she’s witnessed while tutoring in inner-city Boston and now working as a pediatrician at San Francisco General Hospital.