A parent at the Westside Innovative School House (WISH) Charter School in Westchester hasbeen named a semi-finalist in a national “positivity” contest with her submission about the school.

Erika Ross, parent and president of the WISH Community Association, submitted a story about the creation of WISH Charter for Amway’s national Positivity Project contest.

The contest, which was created to recognize and celebrate the impact positivity makes in people’s lives every day, offers a grand prize of $10,000. Entrants were encouraged to share their stories about how the power of positivity has changed their lives.

WISH, located at 8820 Sepulveda Eastway in Westchester, is a new public independent charter elementary school of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Ross’ entry is now available for viewing and public voting until Sunday, Nov. 14 at:


“It’s very easy to become discouraged by the de-prioritization of public education,” Ross said. “As the daughter of two lifelong public school teachers, I refuse to give up on quality public education.

“It is this passion that brought our family to throw our energy and positivity into a brand-new, innovative independent public charter school. I see the positive results in my daughter’s experience and the experiences of the diverse group of students.”

The Amway Positivity Project was launched in August with a goal to advance the power of positive in the world. Highlighting everyday stories of how positivity has made a difference in people’s lives, the project encouraged people to submit their own stories of the impact of positivity through essay, photograph, video, illustration or poem.

The 25 semi-finalists were chosen by a panel of five judges.

The top 10 finalists will be offered the chance to attend a concert with renowned composer John Tesh on Dec. 13, where a special ceremony will be held to announce the grand prize winner.

The nine runners up will each receive a prize of $2,500 while the grand prize winner will walk away with $10,000.