Echo Park magnet school wants to attract cash

The math and science magnet program at Betty Plasencia Elementary – with only about 160 students – is facing some big budget cuts along with other LA Unified schools. That’s why fundraisers like the school’s upcoming Spring Fiesta have become more important than ever, said Vickie Mendoza with the Parents of Plasencia, a support group for the magnet school located in the southern edge of Echo Park.

“The school relies almost entirely on our parent organization
for field trips, classroom and art supplies. We also raise funds for a community-wide art and music festival and for a week-long Science Camp for the fifth grade in the San Bernardino Mountains. For many of our students who have been raised in Los Angeles, this is their first introduction to the outdoors and a critical learning experience.”The Spring Fiesta, which will be held at the school on Saturday, April 24, includes a silent auction, dancing, a bake-off, tamales and, of course, a kids bouncy house. Parents who want more information about the fundraiser and the support group can send an email to parentsofplasencia@gmail.com.

Photo from Betty Plasencia school website

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