Senator Boxer Visits LA’s BEST Afterschool Program
Thursday, August 12, 2010
This week I visited the LA’s BEST Afterschool Program at Leo Politi Elementary School in Los Angeles. It was such a pleasure to see young students engaged and excited about learning, even in the summertime.
To view a photo album of my visit to Leo Politi Elementary, click here.
As you may know, LA's BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) is a nationally recognized afterschool education, enrichment, and recreation program serving 28,000 children at 180 elementary schools throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST provides safe havens for children ages 5 to 12 each day during the critical hours after school - at no cost to parents.
At Leo Politi Elementary, Principal Bradley Rumble and LA’s BEST staff led me on a tour of three lively classrooms. In the first, students from grades 3-5 were involved in a literacy program that fosters a love of reading. These kids eagerly told me how reading had inspired them to dream about what they wanted to be when they grow up.
In the second classroom, we met with participants in the Imagine Mars Project, a science-based program where students work with scientists and educators to plan a future Mars community for 100 space explorers. I could feel the excitement as these third- to fifth-graders told me how they partnered with scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to determine what it would take to create a community on Mars.
In the third classroom, we saw younger students who were engrossed in making clay sculptures as part of a creative arts program that includes dance, drama, and poetry as well as visual arts.
As a long-time supporter of afterschool and author of the first major federal legislation investing in local afterschool programs, I was thrilled to see the LA’s BEST program flourishing at Leo Politi Elementary. Here and throughout the city of Los Angeles, LA’s BEST is giving kids a safe place to keep learning and thriving after the school bell rings.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer