Throughout the 2013 season, All-Star Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy will be hosting families for a game of baseball at Dodger Stadium. “Adrian Gonzalez’s Viva Los Dodgers Days” provides all-inclusive All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion tickets and parking for families in greater Los Angeles by partnering with various non-profit organizations.
On Sunday, June 30th, Adrian and Betsy hosted 18 families at Dodger Stadium from Our Neighborhood Homework House, an organization whose mission is to establish and sustain neighborhood based learning centers in Azusa wherein at-risk children and their families are equipped to thrive academically, socially and spiritually.
Much more than an after-school program, the Our Neighborhood Homework House is bringing hope and encouragement to children by providing welcoming, safe havens where children from kindergarten through high school are encouraged to reach for their dreams and are equipped with the tools to realize them.
Their approach to meeting the needs of the community is to actually move into targeted low-income neighborhoods to not only help students get the tools they need for better academic achievement, but equip their families to provide the motivation for higher achievement through Homework House’s Parent Resource Center and partnering as an advocate at the children’s schools.
We commend Our Neighborhood Homework House for the exemplary service they provide in the community.
On Monday, June 24th, the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) introduced the inaugural Helen Bernstein Award for Teacher Leadership at their “LAEP School of the Future Design Challenge 2013” presented by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to honor Terri Ann Sullivan, a teacher leader at the Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High School, who exemplifies extraordinary leadership at the school site, in the community and in the field of education.
“Given that education and literacy constitutes one of the three pillars of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Community Relations, it is our pleasure to support an organization like LAEP who for the past 30 years has been working to improve urban education for our teachers, students and parents,” said Renata Simril, Senior Vice President of External Affairs – Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodger Foundation Board Member.
Honored as well at the event were LAEP co-founders Peggy Funkhouser and David Abel for their contributions in helping to reform public schools in Los Angeles. Peggy and David are influential leaders in education reform and public policy, recognized locally and nationally. Over the decades, they have maintained LAEP at the cutting edge of school transformation and have assisted other nonprofits in this field.
Since 1984, LAEP has combined public, nonprofit, philanthropic and for-profit resources to create, manage and sustain efforts that improve urban schools. LAEP’s mission is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement by partnering with educators, parents and the community. They work both outside of schools as an agent of change, and within schools as a collaborative partner bringing ideas, resources and expertise to bear on critical challenges.