More than 70 students from 17 LA’s BEST sites competed in the 21st Annual Celebrate Science Fair on April 15, 2012. The event, hosted by Aerospace Engineer and Comedian Shayla Rivera and featuring keynote speaker ABC7 Weathercaster Danny Romero, showcased the work of student groups who set out on scientific discoveries such as where the cleanest water comes from and how to determine the best type of insulation.Teams from Anatola, Bassett, Canterbury, Castelar, Euclid and Pacoima elementary schools won the top prize of a four-day trip to Yosemite Institute. All runners-up will join the winners for a day trip to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey.
Graduate members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity recently culminated a mentorship club formed with fourth-and-fifth-grade boys in the LA’s BEST program at YES Academy. The club gave the boys a venue to talk about growing up in a challenging urban community while also teaching them valuable life skills such as a proper handshake, making introductions, and tying a necktie.
Sixty LA’s BEST students from Baldwin Hills and Saturn Elementary schools got to walk the Orange Carpet before the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. In addition to seeing their favorite stars (and even getting some autographs!), the students took part in festivities and performances.
LA’s BEST celebrated Earth Day with environmentally-themed festivals at all 186 sites in partnership with the American Chemistry Council’s “Go H2O” campaign. Representatives from the offices of Assemblymembers Isadore Hall, Holly Mitchell, Felipe Fuentes and State Senator Curren Price came out to join in the fun, which included water bottle bowling and a recycling relay race.
In celebration of Earth Day, Vons built and planted an edible garden at Fair Elementary. Vons and LA’s BEST volunteers spent a Saturday installing the garden, which includes herbs, fruit, and vegetables. The garden will be used to teach students about plant science and nutrition.
Once again, Viacom employees volunteered with LA’s BEST at Fletcher Elementary for Viacommunity Day. Viacom employees, including several from Nickelodeon — the Children’s Champion honoree for our brunch this year — helped facilitate eco-friendly activities surrounding Earth Day. Our Distinguished Alumnus honoree Miguel Melendez also came out to help with the day’s festivities!
In February, LA’s BEST was the beneficiary of the fresh stART art auction event yielding $80,000 to support our After School Arts Program (ASAP)! This gift is particularly significant as it qualifies LA’s BEST for an additional $25,000 match from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. LA's BEST also recieved support for the Strings Project through the Colburn Foundation and general support from The Streisand Foundation. Many thanks to our new and continuing supporters!