Playa Vista hosted approximately 2,000 fifth-grade students, families and friends from Stoner Avenue, Playa del Rey, Braddock Drive and Grand View Elementary Schools, during culmination ceremonies Thursday and Friday, June 23rd, and 24th.

All four schools are participants in the Playa Vista Educational Trust program, which currently supports 16 public and private schools near Playa Vista in the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Venice, Del Rey and Marina del Rey areas.

This is the third year that commencement exercises were held at the Playa Vista Fountain Park.

“We are thrilled to be able to impact the heart of our local community — our schools,” said Steve Soboroff, president of Playa Vista. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of these children as they accomplish their goals is really a great experience for us.

“The students continually make us so proud, whether we are at their schools serving as tutors and mentors, introducing the arts or leading beautification projects.”

Conceived seven years ago, the Playa Vista Educational Trust (PV-ET) is designed to improve the educational experience for thousands of local students.

The PV-ET directs resources to four core areas, including arts education, environmental learning, physical school improvements and literacy.

Hosting the culmination ceremonies at Fountain Park provides a comfortable outdoor setting for students, parents and guests, Playa Vista officials say, adding that local schools often lack a suitable venue for events with large numbers of people, as they have an abundance of pavement on campus combined with a short supply of shade.

“Playa Vista has been a constant source of much-needed help at our school,” said Playa del Rey Elementary School principal Dr. James Downing. “In addition to the financial support we have received, we consistently have superb Playa Vista employees volunteering their time and energy with our students.”

In addition to hosting the culmination ceremonies, Playa Vista also provided $8,000 in scholarships to students at four schools.

– Stoner Avenue Elementary students Linda Awed, Braulio Fonseca, Adriana Banuelos, Kelly Juarez and Kenny De Jeronimo received scholarships;

– Braddock students Ivan Gomez, Isamar Nungaray, Jacqueline Luna, Junuen Garcia-Maximo, Erin Hancock and Adriana Sanchez were also scholarship recipients.

– Grand View students Raul Sanchez, Adrian David Santiago, Monica Bautista, Julio Mendez and Paloma Roman were honored.

– Playa del Rey Elementary School student recipients included Jackie Gonzalez, Adam Elias, Jesse Padilla, Taisei Terasaka, Melissa Reyes, James Montellano, Elizabeth Romo, Olivia Delgado, Katelyn Obana, Sabrina Munoz and Mychelle Carter.

The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic excellence, outstanding citizenship or overall achievement. The scholarship recipients were nominated by each school’s principal and faculty.

MTA LINE EXTENDED — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has extended the western terminus of its Line 110 about three blocks along Jefferson Boulevard from Alla Road, near Home Depot, to EA Way, the large office complex housing Electronic Arts in the Playa Vista area.

ROSENDAHL MEETING — Transportation issues will be discussed by newly elected Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl during a “Meet and Greet” event at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21st, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

MUSIC MAN — The sound of 76 trombones will fill the air in Westchester this month as Music West presents The Music Man in the Westchester High School auditorium at:

n 7 p.m. Friday, July 15th;

n 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 16th; and

n and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd.

Starring budding young actors, actresses, dancers and singers from Westchester, Culver City, Playa del Rey and El Segundo, the show features a live music ensemble, elaborate set designs, and the excitement of Meredith Willson’s timeless masterpiece.

It is produced by Music West, Inc., a nonprofit performance organization dedicated to providing young adults with positive and fulfilling educational experiences through the production of quality entertainment.

The Music Man tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.

Information, (310) 968-2936 or www.musicwest.org

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