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[PAST EVENT] Green Up Day – September 30th, 2017

Green Up Day was a HUGE success. Special thank you to the wonderful staff, teachers, parents, students, community residents and volunteers! Together, we did street clean-up, expanded our Native Garden, and created an amazing Butterfly-wing mosaic. We were excited to welcome several outside volunteers including El Camino College’s Circle K International Club, West Torrance High School’s Interact club, and Torrance High School’s KIWINS club. Join us next time for the exciting continuation of our Community Clean Up, Native Garden and Mosaic projects!

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A special thank you to the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, The Home Depot, Noah’s Bagels, Theodore Payne Foundation, and Piece by Piece. If you would like to volunteer with your company or organization, please contact our ECMS-G Community Liaison Talia at talia_dotson@ecsonline.org

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[PAST EVENT] Green Up Day – May 20, 2017

Thank you to the wonderful staff, teachers, parents, students, community residents and volunteers for another great Green Up Day in Gardena! Together, we did street clean-up, flexed our artistic muscles beautifying our school garden beds, made flower bombs made of soil, clay and seeds and cleaned up the river bed on the Willows side of the Dominguez Channel on Vermont Ave. We were excited to also welcome LA-based muralist, Jules Muck, for bringing your colorful imagery to our campus.

A special thank you to CarMax, the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve and Jules Muck! If you would like to volunteer with your company or organization, please contact our ECMS-G Community Liaison Christiana at christiana_usenza@ecsonline.org.

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4th Annual Multicultural Festival

Join us for our 4th Annual Multicultural Festival and celebrate the diversity in our community and learn about the different cultures reflected at ECMS-Gardena.

Students host a talent show along with additional performances. Join us to enjoy food and activities representing Israel, Peru, Egypt, Vietnam, Japan, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, France, Nigeria and more!

ECMS-Gardena Multicultural Day
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11AM – 2PM @ ECMS-Gardena
812 West 165th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90247

Questions or concerns? Or want to volunteer? Contact Ms. Torrecilla!

Multicultural Fest

Neighborhood Safety Meeting “Comunidad Cercana” May 17th

Come discuss neighborhood safety with our school principal, community liaison, and our local senior lead officer, parents and residents on Weds May 17th at 5:30pm.

Weds May 17th 2017
in the MPR room
5:30pm
812 W 165th place
Los Angeles 90274

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[PAST EVENT] Family Literacy Night

ECMS-G hosted its 4th annual Family Literacy Night on April 6. The goal of the event was to help families further their love of literacy at home through a variety of workshops and guest speakers. Workshop topics included making literacy at home fun through games and crafts, engaging students and families in their own LA Stories, Know Your Rights, using words as a source of strength and healing, writing and publishing the book of your dreams and building institutions to educate, employ and empower us all. Additionally, thanks to our generous supporters and friends, 84 ECMSG students received a free book voucher for any book of their choice at the Scholastic book fair that evening! A special thank you to workshop presenters: Mimi Washo, Jimmy Recinos, Gladys Gonzalez, Ellie Valen, Brandon Hammerli, La’Keisha Jerome, Monica Solarzano, William Gonzalez, Jeffery Martin Tim and Sharon Carr, Brooke Moore-White.

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[PAST EVENT] Green Up Day – March 18, 2017

Thank you to all our volunteers who came out on March 18 for our second Green Up Day. We were a team of 121 people strong working together to green and clean the Gardena community! Our volunteers did trash pick-up, harvested and planted vegetables, planted flowers and designed stencils for paint projects on campus this spring. A special shout-out to our ECMSG student rock band for motivating us with their jam session! We are grateful to our partners at ReGreen for not only sponsoring food for our hardworking volunteers but participating by digging their hands into the earth with us. Thank you to the SoCal Honda Dealers #HelpfulHondaTeam for showing up and supporting our street cleaning/trash pickup team. We are thankful to Noah’s Bagels for donating bagels for our breakfast and to Giuliano’s in Gardena for catering our lunch. We will look forward to seeing you at our next Green Up Day this May 2017! If you would like to volunteer with your company or organization, please contact our ECMS-G Community Liaison Christiana at christiana_usenza@ecsonline.org.

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[PAST EVENT] Green Up Day – January 14, 2017

ECMS-Gardena hosted an awesome Green Up Day this past Saturday. Over 75 volunteers participated which included ECMS-G staff, teachers, parents and students. In just a few hours, volunteers painted garden beds, sifted our compost system, picked up street trash, swept the sidewalks and street and planted native species on campus. It was wonderful to meet our neighbors and work together to “green” our campus, neighborhood and surrounding community! A special thank you to John Jones III (Watts Field Deputy, City Council District 15), Nicole Deering (Manager of City Services for City Council District 15), Richard Lee, (Youth Representative for the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council) for your support and participation and our local Pizza Hut and Noah’s Bagels for donated refreshments. Stay tuned for our next Community Green Up Day in March. If you would like to volunteer with your company or organization, please contact our ECMS-G Community Liaison Christiana at christiana_usenza@ecsonline.org.

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YMCA Rock Band Performance

Rock Band Performance

Saturday May 14th Strawberry Festival
1050 W 163rd St, Gardena, CA 90247
All day event, come out and support.
For further questions please contact Ms. Griselda at 310-874-9441

Evento de La Banda de rock
Sábado, 14 de mayo en el Festival de Fresas
1050 W 163rd St, Gardena, CA 90247
Este evento es de todo el día, venga y apoye a la Banda de Rock
Para más preguntas por favor contacte Ms. Griselda al 310-874-9441.

Multicultural Festival on May 21, 2016

Join us for our 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival and celebrate the diversity in our community and learn about the different cultures reflected at ECMS-Gardena.

Students host a talent show along with additional performances. Join us to enjoy food and activities representing Belize, Mexico, India, USA, Jamaica, Honduras, Bahamas and more!

ECMS-Gardena Multicultural Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016
11AM – 2PM @ ECMS-Gardena
812 West 165th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90247

Questions or concerns? Or want to volunteer? Contact Ms. Torrecilla!

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EmpowHer STEMDAY Bringing Science and Technology to Low-Income Students in Los Angeles; Funding for Stem Programs Grows (PAST EVENT)

BY Heather Sheldon

Los Angeles, CA, June 04, 2014 –(PR.com)– Sixty students of the EmpowHer Institute participated in a UCLA hosted event designed to expose middle-school girls to career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) on Tuesday, May 28, 2014. The event was captured on CBS Los Angeles STEM Video. The girls who took part are all students at Environmental Charter Middle Schools, located in the underserved communities of Gardena and Inglewood. Environmental Charter Schools currently offer the EmpowHer program.

AWiSE – Advancing Women in Science and Engineering, along with UCLA Brain Research Institute and EmpowHer Institute sponsored the event with the goal of inspiring young girls to graduate high school and attend college in the pursuit of achieving self-sustaining careers in STEM-based fields. The day featured twenty-one interactive informational stations operated by UCLA graduate students, who demonstrated concepts in human brain research, computer science, nanoscience, physics, environmental science and other STEM-related disciplines.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, men represent 76 percent of the total STEM jobs compared to 24 percent of women. Even though more women attend and graduate college, as well as attend post-college programs compared to their male counterparts. The report shows that women remain significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math – both in jobs and degrees.

“EmpowHer is looking to change this stark contrast to these trends. Our girls, who are 7th and 8th graders from low-income, underserved communities in Los Angeles, had an amazing time discovering careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Betty LaMarr, EmpowHer Institute Founder and CEO. “They received hands-on exposure that included launching a rocket and dissecting a human brain.” Ms. LaMarr concluded, “Partnering with UCLA is demonstrative of the work we are doing with our girls in expanding their minds and experiences, which we hope leads to productive lives.”

The EmpowHer curriculum is a comprehensive program that focuses on developing the girls’ emotional well-being by building their self-awareness and self-confidence. This foundation is vital to their development and necessary to obtaining the skills they will need to graduate high school, go onto college and achieve a self-sustaining career in their chosen fields.

“You always hear about the men of science,” said Grace Velasco, a 7th grader from the Inglewood campus of Environmental Charter Middle School who attended STEMDAY. “I want to be the woman of science.”

In addition to EmpowHer and UCLA’s efforts, the Reginald Van Lee Foundation generously donated $25,000 to continue their support of our STEM programs. These initiatives are vital to the development of underprivileged young women.

About EmpowHer
EmpowHer Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to empower girls and young women by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. The goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate for low-income middle and high school girls who are at risk of educational failure due to teen pregnancy, truancy, and juvenile delinquency. The strategy is to provide sisterhood, relevant training, choice in decision-making, and to demonstrate resiliency as a means to overcome poverty and meaningfully serve their communities. To learn about future events and opportunities to volunteer or donate, please call 310.574.9181 or visit www.empowher.org.

About Environmental Charter Schools
Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is a network of free public schools in underserved communities of South Los Angeles. It prepares students for four-year colleges through a unique program that focuses on experiential learning and uses the environment as a way to both engage students and prepare them to become leaders in their communities. The neighborhoods served by ECS have crime rates that are twice that of the national average, low levels of educational attainment, and high levels of poverty. Even so, 98% of ECS High School graduates complete the coursework necessary for admission to a four-year college or university compared to 35% statewide. For more information, visit http://www.ecsonline.org.