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The Middle Ages never went out of style at this Echo Park school

ECHO PARK ––  After studying the Middle Ages, the fourth graders in Rick Powels class at Clifford Math & Technology Magnet recently dressed up in costume and celebrated with a Medieval feast.  But it turns out Powels’ students were not the first at Clifford to dress up like knights and ladies.  A few days after his students’ celebration, Powels came ... Read More »

Charter school to open $6.5 million campus in Boyle Heights shopping center

BOYLE HEIGHTS — A charter school developer is planning to open a new campus in the Plaza Del Sol shopping center as part of a $6.5 million project, according to city building permit information. Endeavor College Prep, which currently operates three schools in and near Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights, will expand into the Soto Street shopping center. The Eastsider ... Read More »

Atwater Village program to nurture kids and native gardens

ATWATER VILLAGE — The nonprofit Taking The Reins has brought many at-risk girls from dense neighborhoods to its barns, corrals and urban farm next to the L.A. River, where the young women build confidence working with horses and learning about horticulture. Now, the group is teaming up with the Theodore Payne Foundation to show the girls the benefits of native plants ... Read More »

1,400 middle schoolers run for fun and fitness in Elysian Park

The paths of Elysian Park were extra busy Saturday morning as more than 1,400 middle school runners raced up and over hills as part of the 2016 LA84 Run4Fun Festival. The 28th annual event, which involved a total of six races on a 1.25-mile course, marked the culmination of a 10-week program, funded by the LA84Foundation, that introduces middle-schoolers to ... Read More »

Learn to Weld (or give it as a gift)

MMW offers hands-on classes in welding, metalworking, and home repair to help you get the job or get the job done. We offer quick classes to teach you how to weld and longer classes to teach you to build projects, whether pieces of furniture, sculpture, car/motorcycle, or things like chandeliers. Some classes are professional level, but most are for regular ... Read More »

Boyle Heights housing project welcomes new Boys & Girls Club

BOYLE HEIGHTS —  An estimated 400 kids and aduls attended this week’s grand opening festivities — which included a carnival, petting zoo and pony rides —  for the new Boys & Girls Club at the Estrada Courts public housing project.  It’s the second facility the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley has opened in Boyle Heights. Last year, ... Read More »

Silver Lake school garden shut down after students get sick

SILVER LAKE — Students at Micheltorena Elementary School became ill and one child was taken to a hospital after eating vegetables grown in a community garden on the school’s property, reports CBS 2. The community garden has been closed, and parents told CBS2 said that they were notified that”several” students got sick. One parent who took his child to Children’s Hospital ... Read More »

A field trip to the past courtesy of an Elysian Heights school teacher

ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — For many students who attended Elysian Heights Elementary, one of the most memorable experiences was the annual 6th Grade Field Trip organized by teacher Walter Elmer, who arrived at the school in 1970. When there were enough funds available, a busload of Elysian Heights kids went on camping trips to Yosemite. In lean years, the students were taken to ... Read More »