Jose Cole-Gutierrez will present information on converting public schools to charter schools to the Education Committee of the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday, February 27th, in the Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The public is invited to attend.

Cole-Gutierrez is general manager for the Los Angeles area of the California Charter School Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He has a strong background in education planning and administration. As general manager, his duties at the California Charter Schools Association include coordinating assistance for teacher/ community-based efforts to convert public schools to charter status.

The California Charter Schools Association is billed as the largest charter school support organization in California. Its president/chief executive officer Caprice Young is a former president of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board of education.

Information about the California Charter School Association is available at www.charterassocia

ROTARY SEEKS PROJECTS TO SUPPORT — The Rotary Club of Westchester is currently soliciting applications for community service grants. If your community service organization has a special project or need for which you would like the club’s support, you are encouraged to submit a written request.

The Rotary Club of Westchester asks that your application:

be received by Thursday, March 15th, this year;

describe how the money would be used for a special project or need rather than being part of your operating budget;

fit into the object of Rotary (see /object.html);

directly serve the Westchester community;

let the community know more about your organization and Rotary; and

specify a specific dollar amount for the grant you are seeking.

Requests will be evaluated based on the criteria listed above. All submissions should be no more than two pages and mailed to: 2006/2007 Community Grants, Rotary Club of Westchester, P.O. Box 91543, Los Angeles 90009.

The Club hopes to announce recipient selections by April 15th.

If you have further questions about requesting a grant, contact Rob Hupp, Rotary community service director, (310) 426-2604.

WESTCHESTER ELKS DELIVER DICTIONARIES — Rob Sitter (leading knight) and Dan Baccelliere (lecturing knight) of the Westchester Elks Lodge, made their first delivery of 60 dictionaries to three third-grade classes at Palms Elementary School on Friday, February 16th.

Kent Clay, one of the third-grade teachers at the school, said that the dictionaries were deeply appreciated.

“The kids are really enjoying them, as they have a great deal of information in the back,” he said.Ý”By the third grade, children are beginning to read new material and grasp new ideas, and a personal dictionary will make a difference.”

The Westchester Elks are taking part in a new pilot program of delivering dictionaries to third-grade students, which is being sponsored by the Elks National Foundation. If the pilot program produces satisfactory results, it will be expanded throughout the United States.

For more information, call Curt Curtiss, (310) 645-8989.