Venice High’s Hazel Witham is an LA County Teacher of the Year By Julia Escobar Venice High School’s Hazel Kight Witham, an English teacher, was named one of ten Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year earlier this month. She is among a distinguished set of teachers countywide bestowed this title, which has been awarded for the last 40 years. According to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, this award goes to “educators who have shown exemplary dedication, compelling classroom practices, positive accomplishments and professional commitment.” In addition, Witham was selected as one...Read More
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Santa Monica’s Teen Readers Society is busy building the next generation of bookworms By Julia Escobar Since the late 1970s, the percentage of 12th graders who said they read a book or magazine almost every day for pleasure has dropped from 60% to 16%, according to a study published by the American Psychology Association. With online schooling becoming the norm and COVID-19 creating an even larger socioeconomic gap between books and teens, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Teen Readers Society, a new Santa Monica-based nonprofit, is passionate about changing young adults’ reading habits. The nonprofit group...Read More
Celebs and sci-fi lovers fête the late Venetian master of ‘The Martian Chronicles’ & ‘Fahrenheit 451’ with national read-a-thon & centennial birthday Zoom By Julia Escobar In celebration of what would have been landmark sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday on Aug. 22, The Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers have banded together to host the first virtual “read-a-thon” dedicated to Bradbury’s dystopian classic “Fahrenheit 451.” Venice actress and longtime supporter of The Friends of the Venice Library, Alley Mills Bean (of “The Wonder Years” and widow of the...Read More
Westside Women’s Clubs Celebrate the Centennial of Suffrage with Back-to-School Community Events This weekend, Silicon Beach Social and the Woman’s Club of Playa del Rey celebrate back-to-school season and a century of women’s suffrage with back-to-back community events. On Aug. 14, Silicon Beach Social, a recently founded chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), hosts a back-to-school backpack drive, benefiting the Mar Vista Family Center. From 9 a.m. to noon, the group will be giving out 192 pre-packed backpacks filled with school supplies, including COVID-19 essentials such as hand sanitizer and face masks. Members of José Radio...Read More
By Julia Escobar Born from the ashes of school closures and isolation, the new Farmers Market Zine has planted a seed for a new community of young artists and writers that stretches from West Los Angeles all the way to the Canadian border. Seventeen-year-old Annabel Axtell, a rising senior at Culver City High School, founded the teen and young adult print magazine composed of art from local and international high school students. The inaugural issue will come out at the end of July. Creative works from everywhere under the sun, in every genre — photography, paintings, music playlists (with...Read More
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