City of Angels Awards Dinner; LAPD Spring Carnival

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell has announced that Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet School in Playa del Rey has been selected as a recipient of the 2009-10 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award.

The award is given only to schools receiving federal Title 1 funds as authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

In California, 6,000 schools out of the 9,000 K-12 schools participate in this program. These funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students who have special needs or are living near or at poverty level.

The criteria to qualify for this award have become more rigorous in recent years. The school’s socio-economically disadvantaged students must double the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years and all students must demonstrate significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards.

O’Connell called Paseo del Rey Principal Jennifer Theodore-Sullivan to convey the good news and express congratulations and gratitude for the hard work put in by students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents. In addition to the academic achievement award, Paseo del Rey has consistently improved its Academic Performance Index (API) score, which rose to 849 for 2008-2009.

The 2009-10 awardees will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on April 21st. For more information about the Title 1 Academic Achievement Awards, www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/aa/index.asp/.

CITY OF ANGELS EVENT

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual City of Angels Awards Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 8th at the Renaissance Montura Hotel.

The honorees will be Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina-Marie Lindsey; Larry Eisenberg, executive director for Facilities Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Community College District; and Larry Rosen, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

These four will be honored for their contributions to the City of Angels as will the winner of the H.B. Drollinger Leadership Award,—Morrey Plotkin. Plotkin was selected by the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation from a group of nominees who said his meaningful commitment of time, talent and money has had a significant impact on the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey communities.

Plotkin will designate $5,000 to be given in his name to the charity of his choice at the Chamber’s annual City of Angels Awards dinner.

LAPD SPRING CARNIVAL

The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division is inviting the public to attend its Annual Spring Carnival at Pacific Station at 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey.

The three-day event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 19th; from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 20th; and from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday, March 21st.

The Spring Carnival will include food, fun, rides and games.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the LAPD Pacific Area Youth Programs and Station Fund.

For more information, please contact Pacific Community Relations at (310) 202-4524 or visit local.nixle.com/alert/1229549/.

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