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March 29, 2010

Grant Opportunties

Target Stores are currently accepting grant applications from teachers and schools to support academic achievement programs in READING and the ARTS. is a nonprofit organization connecting teachers in need of CLASSROOM MATERIALS with individuals who want to help. 
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Back to School Grants provide funding to assist school libraries or media centers in meeting some of the financial challenges they fac.
Mini-grants up to $500 are available for activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music eduction for their students. 

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March 16, 2010

Markham Recycles, Lowers Costs and Raises Money

Starting in early February, the Markham community began recycling all mixed-paper products. This includes computer paper, magazines, newspapers, cardboard boxes and the like.  Students, faculty and staff are all invested in the project as we hope to not only increase environmental awareness but also lower our trash-collection costs and bring in revenue from the mixed paper as well.  We have partnered with Active Recycling Co., Inc in this effort. 

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March 11, 2010

Santee Education Complex to Participate in Global Debates on Climate Change

Santee Education Complex announced its participation in the UN Foundation’s Global Debates program, which challenges high school students from around the world to think critically about pressing global issues. This spring they will focus their discussions and actions on the adaptations necessary to combat climate change.

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March 04, 2010

School District to Expand Partnership's GATE Testing Strategy

Superintendent Ray Cortines has announced the Los Angeles Unified School District will begin testing all second graders to see if they qualify as 'academically gifted,' following on a policy initiated by the Partnership last year.  The Partnership's policy of testing all second graders uncovered many more low income and minority students who qualify as academically gifted than did district policy.  Students identified as academically gifted are placed in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  This breakthrough for low income and minority kids across the city was featured in the Los Angeles Times May 9.

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February 24, 2010

ACLU Press Release: Massive Teacher Layoffs at Three LAUSD Schools Violated State Guarantee of Equal Education to All

Massive teacher layoffs at three Los Angeles Unified School District middle schools have deprived thousands of low-income students and students of color of their legal right to an education consistent with prevailing statewide standards, a team of civil rights attorneys said in a class-action lawsuit filed today.

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February 17, 2010

Raising Money for Haiti Relief at Sunrise

Mr. Vargas' 5th grade class at wanted to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, so they created a presentation about the country, the devastation brought on by the recent earthquake, and the money they hoped to raise for the victims.  They took their presentation to other Sunrise classrooms and were able to raise $255 in donations from fellow students and staff.  The money was donated to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

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January 12, 2010

Blue Jays Star Pitcher Ricky Romero Comes Home to East LA to Speak to Students at Stevenson Middle School

Rookie Starter to Emphasize the Importance of Physical Fitness and Academics to Students at his old Middle School

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December 17, 2009

Celebrating Fatherhood & Literacy

Over 200 men including 99th Street fathers, LAPD Captain Phillip Tingirides and Mayor Villaraigosa at "Donuts with Dad," a 99th Street Elementary School tradition now in its third year.  The event is part of a parent engagement program aimed at getting more fathers involved in their child's education.  The yearly event is the brainchild of Principal Sherri Williams, who found that 50% of her students do not have a father living in their same household. 
"Donuts with Dad promotes positive father-child bonding and literacy by bringing fathers and other male relatives into the classroom to read to students in the morning hour. I wanted to create a forum where the fathers would feel comfortable,” Williams said.
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December 17, 2009

Toys and Winter Wonderland Come to Watts


More than 1400 students from Griffith Joyner and Dolores Huerta braved the elements to come together last month for a holiday party that included live performances by the Jordan High School choir, magician Heather Porcaro, the Apple Brains Band, and choruses from both Joyner and Huerta.  The show was capped off by an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Mayor Villaraigosa.  And while the show went on for the Huerta and Joyner kids, Partnership staff delivered toys and snacks to each of our other elementary schools.  In all, each of the Partnerhsip's 3,000 elemenatary students received both a new toy and a healthy snack that day thanks to generous donations from Jakks Cares (a division of Jakks Pacific), Fresh & Easy, Food Should Taste Good, and the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre.  Fox News 11 reported live from the festivities at Griffith Joyner.  Click here to see their reports.

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