Summer days are anything but sluggish for Lynwood students who are spending their time in a summer literacy program that is meant to both inspire and empower children with activities such as reading, art, dance, music, field trips and community service. In an effort to boost students’ love of learning and preserve their academic progress during the summer months while they’re not in school, Helen Keller Elementary School is serving as a host site for the Read Lead Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program, a six-week literacy and enrichment camp aimed at low-income K-8 students in Lynwood. Rooted in the work of the Civil Rights movement, the program, which runs through Aug. 1, places a heavy focus on reading instruction while also empowering students to be leaders in their families and communities. The program will hold an end-of-summer celebration on Thursday, July 31 at 5 p.m. The media is invited to see the program and its students in action in advance of the celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)
Rosa Parks Elementary School parent Erica Rodarte remembers how her busy parents were sometimes unable to attend school events and has vowed to participate in the school functions of her three children – including the District’s celebration on Nov. 21 of National Parent Involvement Day. Hundreds of Lynwood Unified parents and guardians received curbside coffee and were treated to student presentations and performances across the District on the special day, which presented a variety of involvement opportunities.
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students shared stories of struggle, hope and triumph during two emotionally charged dramatic performances staged Nov. 15 as part of Lynwood Unified’s Building Relationships and Inspiring Dialogue through Global Exchange (BRIDGE) Theatre Project. The two student-written plays – “Career Day” and “Lemonade Powder” – were received with ovations by parents and fellow students. The plays were followed by a community dance performance that celebrated multiculturalism.
Will Rogers Elementary School has expanded its Spanish-English dual immersion program to include fifth grade. Fifth-graders, who had been taught in earlier grades on a 90:10 model – with most instruction in Spanish – are transitioning to a focus on their first language, bridging the gap between what they have been learning and what they know to produce a 50:50 competency rate in both languages.