On August 13, 2021, the TODAY Show aired its visit to 99th Street Elementary School. The segment was part of the show’s back-to-school programming highlighting extraordinary teachers. The story focused on two 99th Street teachers – Kindra Anderson and Erika Castaneda – who consistently go above and beyond for their students. Members of the school community also shared their thoughts about each teacher. In addition to the segment, the NBC network worked with Amazon to provide $40,000 to 99th Street Elementary!
On September 2, 2021, Skechers surprised teachers at Edwin Markham Middle School with a visit from Sugar Ray Leonard, $10K for teacher supplies, gift certificates for footwear, and an all-expenses-paid to the Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach for all 6th-grade classrooms! Skechers partnered with AdoptAClassroom and Sugar Ray Leonard to announce the surprise and provide remarks to teachers and students. (Photo credit: Skechers)
Students who started kindergarten in our network when the Partnership began managing schools in 2008 just graduated from high school in 2021. Daniel Aguilar is one of those students. He capped off 13 years in our network by graduating from Roosevelt High School, after attending Sunrise Elementary and Hollenbeck Middle School. Now, he is attending UC Merced. Learn more about Daniel’s inspiring story.
This LA Times story highlights Pilar Diaz Bombino, who emigrated from Cuba in 2006 and was sworn in as a citizen of the United States on June 8, 2021. And on Wednesday, June 9, she graduated from Jordan High School with a 4.021! (Photo credit: Steve Lopez)
Read our third equity alert focused on the digital divide and our recommendations for how school districts can take action now to ensure all students have home broadband by fall 2021.
In May, as high school seniors make decisions about enrolling in college, we published a new policy brief entitled, “More than a Dream: Using ‘Best Fit’ College Advising to Help Students of Color Succeed.” This brief highlights key data that students and families should have access to when making their college decisions.