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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!

Cycle Gif

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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The Dance of Tennis

Over the past couple weeks, site coordinators from 21 LA's BEST sites were selected to join the Dance of Tennis and ultimately start tennis programs as their induvidual sites.

The purpose of The Dance of Tennis training is to introduce tennis to children in a revolutionary, exciting new way-a way that children love, but that also promotes nonviolence and teaches valuable life skills at the same time.  

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BEST Friends and its volunteers bring a garden to Grape Street!

When students at Grape Street Elementary in Watts return to school on Monday, they will be surprised to see that part of their outdoor space has been transformed into an edible garden and outdoor learning center.  On Friday, March 7th, 2014, from 3:00 TO 5:30 pm, thirty-five members of BEST Friends, the young professionals board of LA's BEST, will stain and drill wood to build picnic tables, park benches and garden boxes, add soil, dig holes, and plant over 70 native and edible plants at Grape Street Elementary. 

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LA's BEST Releases the Awesome!

Darth Vader realizes he’s a bully and changes his ways. 

Young astronauts lost in space must overcome fighting and bullying to get back home to earth.  

A spoken word and modern dance piece to Heavy In Your Arms, encourages self-love and identity.

The girls take on the boys in a classic dance-battle and realize it’s okay to be different.

These are just a few of amazing performances...

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freSH START raises over $100,000 for ASAP!

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m in the Mayor’s Executive Conference Room, Cris McCall and Audrey Hanneman, co-chairs of fresh stART, a popular one-night art show and fundraising event, presented LA’s BEST after school enrichment program with a check for $119,000. LA’s BEST was the sole beneficiary of fresh StART, an event organized by the McCall Family Foundation to support programs that provide arts-related opportunities to at-risk students.

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