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April 27, 2012
A new literacy garden opened at John Muir Elementary School in South Glendale on Friday, and campus kindergartners joined members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and school faculty to celebrate. Rotarian Stephan Ropfogel headed up the project, along with John Muir Principal Linda Junge. Rotarians used their professional skills and connections to design the 2,500-square-foot plot near the school library, obtain insurance and purchase plants and soil, all at no cost to the school.
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By Tracy E. Gilchrist | September 27, 2006
SOUTH GLENDALE — New Horizons Family Center nabbed a $172,500 state literacy grant this week — one of 81 grants awarded to a pool of 141 competitors. State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced the awardees of the William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program grants Tuesday, which total $14.6 million. New Horizon's Family Center is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Community College and the Glendale Library serving about 40 families and promoting literacy including English as a second language instruction and early childhood education programs, Deputy Executive Director Eleanor Torres said.
NEWS
September 27, 2002
Gary Moskowitz Teachers at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School are hoping a literacy program that pairs fourth- and fifth-graders with kindergarten students also will teach students the importance of volunteerism. About 20 of Sheila Treston-Abranian's fourth- and fifth-graders give up their 30-minute recess Fridays to participate in the school's "buddy readers" program. Older students, like 9-year-old Samantha Jaramillo, will pick up books with age-appropriate themes -- "The Little Sailboat" is one -- and read along with younger students, like 4-year-old Angela Pogossian, picking out unknown words and laughing at funny pictures.
NEWS
March 13, 2002
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Armine Ailian is creating her own vacation resort in the Pacific Islands, and the resort is called "Fun 'R' Fun Island." Armine, 11, is among more than 30 sixth-grade students now enrolled in Grant Baciocco's literacy class in the Columbus Academy. All students in the class are participating in a mock exercise in persuasive writing, in which students have to encourage travelers to visit the "Isle of Persuasion."
FEATURES
September 12, 2009
On Sept. 28, the Read & Practice Peacemaking Group at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church will be discussing Harvard divinity graduate Chris Hedges’ latest book, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and Triumph of Spectacle.” Hedges challenges the tendency to be more interested in “Octomom” than in the health insurance reform bill, and observes that we are more likely to vote for an American idol than for a public official. He asks: Are we being lured by the overwhelming multimedia assault into retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic?
NEWS
June 7, 2007
Like the chocolate powder that mixes with wholesome milk, so did the Nestlé Quik bunny mix with Columbus Elementary School students Wednesday. Waving his hands to the shyer children while giving hugs to the ones more comfortable with their long-eared visitor, the bunny rallied the students as they lined up to get books ? and the treats the bunny just happened to have on hand. Class by class, students entered the school's auditorium and cafeteria and were met by an array of titles ?
NEWS
July 13, 2001
Alecia Foster GRIFFITH PARK -- There's more to the Los Angeles Zoo than just exotic animals. "People lose sight of the fact the zoo is an educational institution," said Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo. Besides playing host to a magnet school there, zoo officials have reached out to the community through various educational programs. On Thursday, officials unveiled one more: "Verizon's Wild About Reading." The summer literacy program is a partnership between the zoo and the communications company that will feature a host of celebrities reading animal-related books to children.
NEWS
May 4, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE -- As the weather heats up, out come the water bottles while cravings for refreshing scoops of ice cream multiply. On Wednesday evening from 5 to 10 p.m., loyal customers and those in the know satisfied their cravings at Baskin-Robbins' Free Scoop Night. Purvi Patel, owner-manager of the 1100 S. Central Ave. store, said she was expecting about 2,500 people to stop by the store. The company will also donate money for every scoop served to a national children's literacy program -- First Book.
NEWS
January 4, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Glendale-based Nestle USA, Vons and Reading is Fundamental have teamed up to host a free book distribution event on Jan. 12 in San Pedro. Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, his sister, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, and the Nestle Nesquik Bunny will honor Colleen Bellenfant, 11, of Rancho Palos Verdes, who won a literacy poster contest sponsored by the three groups. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vons parking lot, 1221 Gaffey St. The Hahns will give a book reading at 1 p.m., where children 12 and younger will be able to take a free book home.
NEWS
September 3, 2002
Frommer's Braille bill going to Gov. Davis GLENDALE -- A bill that would create Braille literacy standards for blind-and visually-impaired students is on its way to Gov. Gray Davis. AB 2326, which was authored by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale), was passed unanimously by the state Assembly on Thursday. The bill would provide for an advisory task force to develop Braille literacy standards by June 2004. "California has established standards for reading, math and science, but we have shamefully overlooked developing educational standards for blind students in California," Frommer said in a press release.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2013
The Hoop Heroes Basketball Championship Game has played a major part in helping youngsters in the Salvation Army's Zone Academy improve their literacy. This annual event raises funds for the academy, which provides homework tutoring for youths ages 8 to 13. Included in the program is a Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment component that helps youngsters work on improving their literacy. The program was so successful during the first quarter of 2011 that 70% of the youths in the program went up a grade level in their literacy, said Hoop Heroes Chairman Rick Dinger.
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NEWS
April 27, 2012
A new literacy garden opened at John Muir Elementary School in South Glendale on Friday, and campus kindergartners joined members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and school faculty to celebrate. Rotarian Stephan Ropfogel headed up the project, along with John Muir Principal Linda Junge. Rotarians used their professional skills and connections to design the 2,500-square-foot plot near the school library, obtain insurance and purchase plants and soil, all at no cost to the school.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Glendale Community College officials plan to forge new partnerships and focus on more basic skills like English literacy through the next decade as they try to address a changing workforce. In a preliminary draft presented to the college's Board of Trustees this week, administrators said the college's 2020 Educational Master Plan would guide curriculum, instruction and programs in the coming years. The planning guide represents months of work by college committees and survey groups.
NEWS
By Dan Kimber | March 4, 2010
On the 15th of this month (the Ides of March), the annual Scholastic Bowl will be held at Glendale High School Auditorium. Our school district’s four high schools will send their brightest youngsters to match wits for the 20th time. The questions asked of these kids are taken from a company called Questions Unlimited, and they go well beyond what most of us would consider basic cultural literacy. But just what do the words “cultural literacy” mean? To a large extent, it is a body of common knowledge that is part of our collective memory.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | September 21, 2009
The students in Hasmik Chobanyan’s third-grade Armenian-language class at Jefferson Elementary School are often working on their assignments one minute and singing and clapping the next. The song the kids are singing is roughly translated to “Armenia, My Father Land.” Three students take the lead at the front of the class and lead their classmates into it. Soon, the classroom takes on a sort of party atmosphere. All of the kids in this class are part of the Glendale Unified School District’s intercultural education program, which has Foreign Language Academies as one of its programs.
FEATURES
September 12, 2009
On Sept. 28, the Read & Practice Peacemaking Group at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church will be discussing Harvard divinity graduate Chris Hedges’ latest book, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and Triumph of Spectacle.” Hedges challenges the tendency to be more interested in “Octomom” than in the health insurance reform bill, and observes that we are more likely to vote for an American idol than for a public official. He asks: Are we being lured by the overwhelming multimedia assault into retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic?
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | April 10, 2009
One year after he graduated from Crescenta Valley High School, University of Chicago student Ted Gonder is in the middle of co-founding American Investment Fellows, a national organization aimed at leveling the financial literacy playing field for high school students across the country. “The youth of America, more than ever before, face economic catastrophe. Unfortunately, most teenagers are financially illiterate. Though America is still the world’s super power, the future of this country depends largely on today’s young students.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | January 9, 2009
She was born in the back seat of her parents? 1958 Ford in La Crescenta, en route to the hospital, 45 years ago. She died four days after this past Christmas, when cancer invaded her full-of-life body. Laura Thornbury, longtime teacher, wife, mom and friend, made the most of those 45 years spent in the La Crescenta area, teaching, inspiring, and making life joyful to those around her. In fact, she spent her last weeks on earth giving her family a memorable Christmas, with decorations, baking and traditional holiday fare.
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By Angela Hokanson | March 6, 2008
Adarkened cafeteria illuminated only by a faux campfire set the scene for the reading of spooky stories at the Family Reading Night at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School on Wednesday. Mysteries were the genre of choice at this year’s Family Reading Night, where parents and their children come to the school to hear a good book or two read aloud. This year, the guest readers included members of the Glendale and South Pasadena police departments, employees of the Glendale Public Library and Glendale Unified School District administrators and board of education members.
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