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LA’s BEST students from Selma and Grant Elementary schools spent a special afternoon enjoying live performances, interactive games, activities, food and mingling with their favorite young celebrities at Variety’s Power of Youth event at Paramount Studios. This year, David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place was honored for his dedication to teaching the art of improv to LA’s BEST students at both Selma and Grant Elementary Schools. Other honorees included Justin Bieber, Victoria Justice, Shailene Woodley and Bow Wow, who have all made a significant difference to their chosen causes.
Thousands of students and their parents gathered at East Los Angeles College for the LA's BEST 8th Annual Family Health Festival, a fun-filled nutrition education forum where students and their families participated in a variety of hands on activities including healthy snack making, physical fitness activities and arts & crafts. They also received free medical and dental screenings, enjoyed performances by Ariana Grande of Nickelodeon's Victorious and recording artist Cymphonique and welcomed a special visit from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Photos by Chris Lee.
More than 500 young professionals gathered to taste a variety of wines, cheeses and desserts and to bid on exciting silent auction items at the UnWINEd with LA's BEST event held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The event, hosted by LA’s BEST Friends, a young professionals, philanthropic network, raised more than $53,000 for the kids in the LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program.
Photos by Ben Gibbs.
LA’s BEST students at Valley View Elementary enjoyed an action-packed afternoon when BEST Friends Paula Rodgers and Jack Fluor joined Young Ninjas USA to host the BEST Friends First Friday activity. Students played fun games including Sensei Says, the ninja version of the classic Simon Says, and completed the exciting ninja obstacle course. The students then finished off the day by taking the ninja pledge, promising to “always try their best, to listen, to treat others with respect and to always tell the truth.”
Thanks to LA’s BEST volunteer Anne Burmeister, who created the Farmers Market Produce Project, families at Braddock Drive Elementary in Culver City can get their weekly fruit and vegetable supply on Wednesday evenings. Each week, more than twenty vendors from the Santa Monica Farmers Market donate their unsold produce to LA’s BEST families. The goal of this project is to provide fresh produce to as many LA’s BEST families as possible and to increase the amount of healthy fruits and vegetables they are consuming each day. So far, more than sixty families have benefited from approximately 1,000 pounds of freshly donated produce.