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LA Loves Its Schools: Show Them the Money!

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February may well be the month of the year we think about love the most, but our local schools are banking on us sharing our love with them right now, too.

This month, a project called "LA Loves Its Schools" is taking place. It's a donation drive based on the pages of DonorsChoose.Org that calls for caring individuals to pitch in a little to help local schools, classrooms, and teachers get the things they need to help them give their best to LA's school-aged kids. Individuals list requests and proposals on the DonorsChoose.Org site, for resources such as a Listening Center in Whittier to Multimedia tools in Inglewood to books in North Hollywood, and anyone can go online and pledge support towards their goal.

The event has the endorsement and participation of local leaders, including City Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Wendy Greuel, both of whom have challenged residents in their districts to help out area schools. Garcetti says: “Every kid deserves access to a top quality education, but too many of our teachers don’t have the resources they need to help kids learn through creative classroom projects and engaging instructional materials. Even a small contribution can go a long way toward helping a student understand a complicated concept or making a subject come alive for a class.”

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The project has seen much success prior to this month's drive, which officially kicked off this Monday. According to the campaign's Julie Lacouture, "so far, teacher requests have been answered on the website, resulting in nearly $1,000,000 in resources being delivered to LA public schools. But there are still over 500 LA teacher requests on the site in need of funding."

Show our schools some love, or put up a challenge of your own! Who knows, you may help a kid learn...and love it!

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