Good Will from Give WILL at First Street Elementary


Do you remember your childhood dream?  Did you want to be an artist?  Maybe a dancer?  How about an astronaut?  Well, Will Adler owner of Will Leather Goods once had a dream when he set up shop on the Venice Boardwalk, selling handmade belts.  Now 30 years later, he's realized that dream, launching three successful stores, including a flagship store in Venice, CA.

In October 2013, Will launched his Give WILL initiative, and is now making dreamers out of children across the United States... 

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Everything is Coming Up Summer!

Over a hundred LA’s BEST students from three Los Angeles area schools particpated in a summer kick-off event to launch three initiatives the organization supports to shine a spotlight on the importance of keeping kids mentally active during the long break between school years.

“Summer Learning Loss is a problem,” said Carla Sanger, President & CEO of LA’s BEST. “There’s a correlation between the step backward that some students take in the summer and the poor performance by those students in the following school year. On the other hand, by engaging students in the summer, you can not only help them retain the knowledge from the previous school year, you can actually build upon that knowledge and give them a leg up on the upcoming term. That’s the message of the summer- learning events and that’s the thinking behind our summer programming.”

LA’s BEST is observed National Summer Learning Day at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes...

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LA's BEST Raises $1.7M at Dinner Honoring Retiring President & CEO Carla Sanger

Mayors and Carla

Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Mayors Richard Riordan and James Hahn attended the LA’s BEST annual family dinner on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to support CEO, Carla Sanger who is retiring after leading the organization for 26 years. The dinner raised over $1.7 million dollars, which included a pledge of $1 million from an anonymous donor!

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Just Education Episode Featuring Tom Shapiro Airs Today! Sneak Peak Includes Innovative Auction Items For LA's BEST Annual Fundraising Dinner.

If you haven't heard, LA's BEST produces its own television series, called Just Education. The purpose of the series--to just talk about educational topics, and to discuss the best way to provide equal access for all--just education...

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Be Chic By Giving!

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, BCBGMAXAZRIA launched “Living the Bon Chic Life," a retrospective exhibition at their headquarters in Vernon, CA.

The exhibition featured one-of-a-kind BCBG Max Azria jackets, which were avaiilable to purchase during the event.  Proceeds from the sale of each jacket will benefit LA's BEST.  Jacket prices ranged from $1,500 to $5,000...

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LA’s BEST Students Win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in Habitat for Humanity Door Design Contest!

Thirty-three LA's BEST school sites participated in the “Opening the Doors to Change” door design contest sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. They competed with other Los Angeles area elementary and middle schools to design and decorate a door to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing and the meaning of “home.” The contest was thrown by Habitat for Humanity to kick off Act! Speak! Build! Week, a national youth advocacy program that takes place April 6th -12, 2014.

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For the LOVE of learning!

Human connection.  Empathy.  Gratitude.

These were the three topics that 80 students from Figueroa Elementary explored with Nadine Heimann, founder of True Connection.  These subjects aren't traditional in the "common core" standards, but to Heimann, they are absolutely crucial for a young child to learn more about.

On Tuesday, April 8th, we held a Love2Learn party at Figueroa, which featured learning activities from True Connection, a pizza party from DOUGH Pizzeria, and a book giveaway from Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

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Cycle 4 LA's BEST raises over $103,000!

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The 5th annual Cycle 4 LA’s BEST fundraising event, held at Leo Politi Elementary on Sunday April 6th, 2014, was a HUGE success, as we surpassed our goal of $80,000 thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 100 dedicated LA’s BEST supporters who cycled to raise money for the organization.

And the heat didn't stop any teams from dressing up in some crazy cycle attire!

Team Spin-Da-Rella rocking out for 28,000 kids. (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

Spearheaded by our BEST Friends Board, CYCLE 4 LA’s BEST teams pedaled for 50 minutes in 90-degree heat as funds from their supporters continued to roll in. The BEST Friends Board, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is a dedicated group of young professionals who volunteer, advocate and fundraise for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program.

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LA's BEST Students Turn Into Chefs for National Nutrition Month

To kick off Spring and National Nutritional Month, LA’s BEST students learned to make healthy pizza and green smoothies with got milk? and former Disney TV chef Gino Campagna.

Thirty LA’s BEST students from Griffin Avenue Elementary donned aprons, kneaded pizza dough, concocted green smoothies and learned that cooking healthy foods can be fun, messy and delicious when they participated in a hands-on cooking class thrown by got milk? and Chef Gino Campagna, former host of the Disney show, “Gino’s Kitchen.”

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We know how to Celebrate Science!

LA's BEST hosted their 23rd Annual Celebrate Science Fair at California State University of Los Angeles.  Ray Gonzales hosted the event and Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes was the featured key note speaker.

Hypothesis after hypothesis, students from 17 LA's BEST schools didn't hold back when sharing their extraordinary science projects.  Each school was represented by a group of 3-4 students, including a presentation from Lowman Elementary School, making it a total of over 60 kids participating.

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