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GSA

How Middle Schoolers are Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students

May 21, 2019

“I’m kind of mad I didn’t come to this school earlier. I came here a month ago and I finally feel like I belong,” admitted Yair Montano, an eighth grader at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School. “In other schools, I felt shut out like I was nothing, but now I feel like I’m really a part of something.”

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Civics

Why This Government Class Was Recognized by the California Department of Education

May 20, 2019

This year, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School received the Civic Learning Award, a recognition by the California Department of Education awarded to schools that engage students in civic learning and help prepare the next generation of leaders to participate in our democracy.

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AJR

Jewish Journal: L.A. Charter High Schoolers Learn About the Holocaust by Meeting a Survivor

May 17, 2019

More than 100 10th graders from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School (AJR) gathered May 9 to listen to Holocaust survivor Rita Lurie’s story of how she survived in Poland.

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knowledge bowl

Local Police Officer Coaches Winning Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl Team

May 7, 2019

This February, a team of students from Hillcrest High School won first place at the annual Memphis Police Department Crime Prevention Unit’s City Wide Black History Month Knowledge Bowl.

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Sports

Sports Roundup: Green Dot Teams Rank No. 1 Across L.A.

April 29, 2019

At Green Dot’s 21 schools across Los Angeles, coaches and school staff have embedded an investment in education within our athletics programs, helping students become sound in both mind and body.

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African American

How African American Students are Closing Achievement Gaps

April 22, 2019

Growing up, I didn’t know what path I wanted my life to take. I did, however, understand early on that my path was different because I am an African American male–being stopped and questioned by police officers was a regular part of my childhood.

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Neighborhood

Green Dot Students Dive Into Data to Propose Changes Across the City

April 18, 2019

This winter, Green Dot students from Ánimo Jackie Robinson, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High Schools participated in Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s L.A. DataFest competition.

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boxing

Grindhouse Boxing Provides Socioemotional Lessons for Students at Fairley

April 11, 2019

“I joined the program to help me get control of myself and my anger,” reflected Javeries Suggs, a freshman at Fairley. “It has helped me become a nicer and calmer person. It has also helped me keep myself on track and stay more focused.”

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STEM

Creating Middle School Pathways to STEM Careers

April 9, 2019

People of color are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers. That’s why at Green Dot, we begin preparing our students in middle school, many of which have added 21st Century Learning Lab courses that utilize curriculum from Project Lead the Way.

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estudiantes

La Opinión: Organización prepara estudiantes del sur de Los Ángeles

April 5, 2019

La Opinion reports on the importance of Expanded Learning Programs, including Nature Now — a program that works with students at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

April 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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football

Signing Days Celebrate Football Players at Hillcrest and Fairley

April 2, 2019

Memphis’ Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School hosted their annual Signing Days, celebrating nine football senior football players who signed letters of intent to attend universities across the country.

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