Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Heads Back to After School

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program at Wilshire Park Elementary and Celebrates a $35,000 Gift to the LA’s BEST Field Trips Campaign

September 14, 2010

In true back to school spirit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returns to LA’s BEST to visit the diverse program at Wilshire Park Elementary School. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will see the range of enriching, educational and recreational activities the program has to offer to its students each year. Although students are just returning to school, they will jump right into engaging literature, math, science, technology and sports activities, highlighting the breadth this program has to offer.

Mayor Villaraigosa and Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President & CEO, will also accept a generous $35,000 contribution from Tom Dahlgren on behalf of Warren Resources, Inc., whose lead gift kicked off the first-ever Field Trips Campaign for LA’s BEST students. Due to recent budget cuts, LA’s BEST lost 40% of its transportation funding. The organization relies on these funds to send students to off-site educational and recreational programs at museums, cultural institutions and sporting and performing arts events, as well as its own citywide science and health fairs. Contributors to the campaign can vote online for LA’s BEST in the Pepsi Refresh Contest to help them win an additional $50,000 to fund field trips. If you would like to make a contribution to the campaign, please visit www.lasbest.org.

WHO:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Tom Dahlgren, Warren Resources, Inc.
Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President & CEO

Debe Loxton, LA’s BEST COO
Principal Enrique Franco
LA’s BEST staff & students

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 promptly at 3:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. for media)

WHERE:
Wilshire Park Elementary School
4063 Ingraham Street (south of Wilshire off Wilton Place)
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Please park on the street.

Visit begins at front entrance of school.

VISUAL:

Mayor Villaraigosa will tour LA’s BEST program and interact with students playing math games, working on the computer, playing soccer, and more. Check presentation and remarks to follow.

About LA’s BEST
LA's BEST — Better Educated Students for Tomorrow — is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources at 180 elementary schools throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA’s BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector.  LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.
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