A Summer of Dreaming, Working

What are students in South Central Los Angeles up to these days?  For most, scarce opportunities to do something productive have left them home alone, with endless weeks of watching T.V. or playing video games.

Congressman Isadore Hall III

Summer school has been shut down in most schools due to budget cuts.  Summer programs are of limited enrollment. Adults struggle to get jobs leaving teens with jobs not a reality.

But students at L.A. Academy vow not to let these circumstances get them down.  They are working every day to raise the $1895 dollars they will need to pay for their educational trip to Washington D.C. in April of 2012.

Some are selling See’s Candy, some are writing to ask for donations, many are performing old fashioned jobs like mowing lawns and babysitting to raise cash.

But these students are a special group.  When the parents and students overheard a grandmother sharing the pain and turmoil at not being able to raise the $99 deposit for the trip for her granddaughter, they got together and volunteered to make the deposit for her.  This, from families who can barely scrape the deposit themselves.

We will be canvassing the neighborhood for business sponsorships in the next few weeks but are thrilled by the phone call we received from Congressman Isadore Hall III’s office asking how he can support our endeavor.  It is a true fact that it takes a village to raise a child, and we appreciate the support offered by Congressman Hall.

Care to help?  Contact Martha Infante at 323-270-0588.  Thanks for reading!


Summer Hustling

Gift of Education letters!

snacks, anyone?

Our 100 South Central Scholars are busy at work during summer vacation hustling to get together their monthly payments for the April 2012 Washington D.C. trip.












Delicious See's Candy... would you like a box or two?










Teachers are volunteering vacation time to gather funds, issue raffle tickets, and help parents fill out money orders and scholarship forms.












Are you interested in learning more about the scholars making this historic trip? Stay tuned for student videos coming soon.

Who's Going to Win the Flat Screen TV?

Fundraising Adventures

Our school DOES NOT have a history of fundraising.  This is a community of workers and immigrants, and many are struggling to find and keep a job.  Nonetheless, a determined group of parents is working hard to raise funds to send students to Washington next year.  Below are the chronicles of our adventures in fundraising:




Can you cook?  Do you have a special talent?  Can you carry large boxes?  All of these questions were asked of parents on the night on May 23d as the fundraising activities for June were announced.  There was not shortage of parents who are working hard to raise money to send their children on this valuable educational experience.

Parents sign up for fundraising events



How does a menu of chicken fajitas, tacos, and tamales sound?  It sounded great to our LAAMS faculty which ordered heartily in support of students

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A small group of energetic parents got together on a Thursday night to sell pizza and water to participants of a parent group meeting on campus.  It was our first fundraiser!  The parents did a great job of selling the pizzas and we made a net profit of $50!

We will have to regroup and see how to maximize  profits by increasing advertising and publicity, and timing the sale for the end of the meeting as opposed to the beginning.  Nonetheless, a great start!

Getting Organized

Money raised as of 7/1/11

Washington teachers attending workshop on fundraising

Do you want to help one of our deserving students get to Washington DC?  Contact Martha Infante at 323-238-1844 or by email at martha.infante@gmail.com   ALL HELP IS WELCOMED AND SORELY NEEDED

D.C. or Bust!

Thank you for your interest in the quest for 100 South Central scholars to take an educational journey to Washington D.C. in the Spring of 2012.

It will take hard work, desire, and perseverance.

It will take a fervent desire on behalf of these students to venture beyond the confines of their urban, industrial neighborhood.

It will take support from our national community.

Check back frequently for updates on our quest to make this once in a lifetime dream come true for our students, and to hear from the students themselves.