Category Archives: Education

Applications sought for school arts & beautification grants

The LAX Coastal Education Foundation is offering its first round of grants to help support arts and beautification efforts at local schools!  The grants are intended to help enhance all forms of arts education and/or the beautification of campuses, classrooms, etc. Grants are in support of specific activities, projects and programs for the school year, including but not limited to: materials, new or ongoing curriculum, supplies and instruction.

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Sharing Westchester and Playa del Rey’s history

Westchester/Playa Historical Society supporters and volunteers including Christina Davis, Karen Dial, Jaren Rhodes, Darlene Fukuji and David Russell pose in the storefront located in the Westchester Triangle. Photo by Bill Ballerini.

Take a step inside the Westchester/Playa Historical Society Room located in the Westchester Triangle for a glimpse into the past of these two connected communities. The room, dubbed Westchester’s Jewel and Playa’s Treasure, has been open for just over a year and volunteers are encouraging people to stop by, share their memories, chat about the neighborhood and view its mementos. Continue reading

Rotary helps create mural at Westport Heights

Westport Heights Elementary School (WHES) has a new mural thanks to the help of the Westchester Rotary. The service club partnered with the Westchester elementary school for its fifth annual Community and Beautification Day on Saturday, May 5. Parents, community members, students and Rotarians helped beautify the school by painting doors and columns, gardening and cleaning up the campus.

Otis College of Art and Design instructor, David Russell, along with Westchester Rotarians, also facilitated two mural projects. The “We are Westport” interactive permanent mural now welcomes students in the front entryway of the campus and was painted and designed by the school community. The mural not only represents the mission and values of the school’s culture, but also the individual identity of the student artists.

The other mural, a movable art piece on six different panels, allowed younger students to participate in the project and show their creativity, while learning the values of the school which include trustworthiness, caring, responsibility, respect, citizenship and fairness.

Pictured: Russell (left) poses with Rotarians and WHES principal, Jacqueline Hughes (third from left), in front of the new mural. Photo Courtesy Westchester Rotary.

Best Of Voting starts May 11

Voting will open for the HomeTown News’ 7th Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll on Friday, May 11 at noon. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local restaurants, businesses, organizations and places in more than 90 categories.

The annual Best Of issue is a chance to highlight and recognize the best of the community of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and surrounding areas.

Voting will end on Friday, June 29, and the winners will be revealed in our Thursday, August 2 issue.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN AT: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/htnbestof2018

Pictured: Cafe Solar took home the honor of Best New Restaurant in our 2017 Readers’ Poll.

Posted May 2018.

Rock Roll & Run raises money for education

More than 1,300 runners braved a forecast of rain and headed to Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 10 to raise money for local education at the inaugural Rock Roll & Run 5K. Hosted by the LAX Coastal Education Foundation in partnership with LMU, the event continued the tradition of the Race for Success, and brought 18 K-12 schools, community groups and local businesses together for a fun morning of exercise, rock and roll music and a little friendly competition.

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Westchester Parents’ Nursery School looks to the community for help to find new location

For almost 70 years, Westchester Parents’ Nursery School (WPNS) has been an integral part of the community for many local families. A cooperative, parent participation preschool, WPNS unites students, parents and teachers together in the classroom, providing an environment that encourages a love of learning, respectful communication and community. As a play-based preschool, importance is placed on creativity and flexibility, where playing and exploring are just as important as learning the ABCs and the learning environment is structured around the unique needs of each individual child. Continue reading

New education foundation launches to support local schools

Looking to reinforce our community’s support of local schools, a group of parents and business leaders have embarked on a new mission to support all of the schools in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

This week, the group formally announced the formation of the LAX Coastal Education Foundation (LAXCEF), a nonprofit serving all schools in the area, including public, private, parochial, charter and magnet schools. Continue reading