The Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation (WPEF) and Parents Achieving Results Together (P.A.R.T.) are hosting a Public School Expo, a family event promoting keeping youngsters in public schools. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1st, at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave., Westchester. The groups will be promoting what they call a “family” of seven local public schools. Admission is free.

The event will feature activities for kids, including free pony rides, a bouncy house and games and food, including Togo’s sandwiches, ice cream and popcorn.

WPEF says the event will be held on April Fools’ Day with the theme, “Don’t Be A Fool, Learn About Your School,” and that people shouldn’t be “fooled” by “misinformation” about public schools. Neighbors will be encouraged to ask families and children from public schools to provide firsthand information on their personal experiences on each campus.

Entertainment at the Public School Expo is being provided by the school students themselves, with each school having a scheduled time on stage, and tables and materials to promote themselves throughout the event.

The schools represented will be Cowan Avenue Elementary School, Kentwood Elementary School, Loyola Village Elementary School, Paseo del Rey Elementary School, Westport Heights Elementary School, Orville Wright Middle School, and Westchester High School.

The various activities are being sponsored by local Realtors, businesses, Rotary lubs and individuals.

The Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation was started by a group of local parents calling themselves P.A.R.T. (Parents Achieving Results Together) in April 2005. WPEF has raised and delivered an estimated $15,000 worth of supplies, programs, public relations and support for schools to date, according to the group. Community meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Westchester Community Center, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Information, 310-288-6461.

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