HAHN TOUTS LA'S BEST, ANNOUNCES NEW SITES.Byline: - Holly Edwards
Telling students at Arminta Street School they deserve the best education available, Mayor James Hahn For the Iowa politician, see .
James Kenneth "Jim" Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. He was the Deputy City Attorney (1975-1979), City Controller (1981-1985), City Attorney (1985-2001) and Mayor of Los Angeles, California announced Thursday that the campus is among 23 new sites that have launched the LA's BEST after-school program.
The expansion brings to 101 the total number of schools with Better Educated Students for Tomorrow, including 36 schools in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , which provides sports, arts, academics and music to the city's poorest students.
``You are our future, but you're also here today and you need a safe and creative place to be after school,'' Hahn told the group of students. ``We know that schools with LA's BEST have a 60 percent decrease in school crime, and its participants like school better and get better grades.''
Hahn added that first lady Laura Bush, during her recent visit, called the program a model for after-school programs nationwide, and said he won't be satisfied until every child in the city has access to LA's BEST.
With the expansion, an estimated 17,500 students ages 5 to 12 citywide will benefit from the program this year.
``Youth crime triples in the hours right after school, and we want everyone to be safe and in a safe place,'' Hahn said.
As an example of the success of the program, a dance troupe created at Baldwin Hills School through the LA's BEST program two years ago performed a traditional African tribal dance before the mayor spoke.
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Member of a British auxiliary force employed in Ireland against the republicans (1920–21). When Irish nationalist agitation intensified after World War I, many Irish police resigned and were replaced by these temporary English recruits, who dressed in a wraps with tribal patterns, the girls kicked and twirled to an African drum beat A drum beat, a beat on a drum, is any single strike on a single drum, drum machine, or a series of beats on various percussion instruments creating a rhythmic or metric pattern. Many drum beats define or are characteristic of specific music genres. .
``It's a way I can express myself and perform, which I love to do,'' said Viola Bates Bates , Katherine Lee 1859-1929.
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Funded with state and city money as well as private donations, the LA's BEST program was expanded this year through a $1.73 million grant from the foundation of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit, Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who lives in Los Angeles, California. His last name is pronounced as rhyming with road.
Broad is well known for his philanthropy and extensive art collection. and an additional $1.1 million in anonymous donations from the private sector.
The rest of the $3.7 million expansion budget will be covered by city and state funding.
Broad appeared with Hahn at Arminta Street School on Thursday, and told the students he hoped the program would provide them with a safe place to learn and grow.
City Council President Alex Padilla Alex Padilla is a politician in California. He was elected as the State Senator for the 20th District of California in November 2006 and was inaugurated in early December. In order to enter the Senate he had to resign as Councilman for the 7th District on the Los Angeles City told the students that city officials and local benefactors were providing them with the program because the students deserve to reach their potential.
``We love you enough that when school's over at three o'clock, you can keep learning and have something to so,'' Padilla said. ``We know how smart you are and you deserve it.''
Nearly 200 students have joined the program since it got off the ground at Arminta Street School about two months ago, said Principal Marcia Cholodenko.
``This program is really making a difference in the lives of hundreds of our kids,'' Cholodenko said. ``It's encouraging our students to be more involved with enrichment activities and academics, and it's an incredible boost for families to know their children are safe after school.''
The following San Fernando Valley schools are among 23 new school sites launching the LA's BEST after-school program this year:
Arminta Street School, North Hollywood
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