A chance is coming to get a healthy start on the school year and help benefit students at Westchester High School at the same time.

The first Healthy Start Neutrogena 5-K Walk-a-Thon will be held Saturday, October 23rd, at Westchester High School.

Held in conjunction with a Westchester High Booster Club pancake breakfast, the Walk-a-Thon is designed to raise funds to support free services for students at Westchester High School, Del Rey Continuation High School and Westchester Math Science Aerospace Magnet.

The event is open to all ages, and families and community groups are encouraged to walk together.

Breakfast will be served in the school cafeteria from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

The Walk-a-Thon leaves from the school cafeteria at 10 a.m., proceeding to Westchester Parkway and McConnell Avenue by West 91st and Saint Bernard Streets and Falmouth Avenue.

At McConnell Avenue, the walkers will return to the school on the other side of Westchester Parkway.

Walkers will pay a $10 registration fee and receive a free T-shirt and the chance to win a prize.

The fee will be waived if the walker’s sponsors contribute a total of $25. Prizes will be awarded to the youngest walker, the oldest walker, the raffle winner, and the walker who brings in the most sponsorship money.

Healthy Start has been on the Westchester campus since 1997. Its Family Resource Center has functioned since 1998 as a place where community resources, students and families come together.

Healthy Start coordinates the efforts of local agencies that provide such student services as counseling, tutoring, a Saturday Academy, college preparation, dispute resolution and parenting classes.

Business and corporate sponsorships are available, with various considerations for various levels of support, including printing the company name in the brochure, on T-shirts and banners; as well as providing tables for distributing literature and/or samples.

Information, Marvin Cooper or Billie Silvey, (310) 348-9967.

LMU ALUMNI — If you’re an alum of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), the school has a new way for you to catch up with some of the people you may have lost touch with since graduation.

LMU has recently launched its new Alumni Web Community, an alumni benefit designed to make it easier for alumni to reconnect with friends, update contact information, register for alumni events, and give to LMU.

More than 41,000 alumni were contacted in mid-August with news about the new LMU Alumni Web Community. While the system currently contains only basic information, as alumni log into their accounts and become more active, this community will become an exciting new way for LMU friends and colleagues to keep in touch.

The new community is password-protected and is accessible only to registered users.

Interested alumni can get more information from


Information, LMU alumni relations, (310) 338-3065.

JACKET NIGHT — The Academic Booster Club of Westchester High School will hold its annual Academic Recognition Night Wednesday, October 20th.

This year, 54 seniors will be awarded letterman-style jackets for their academic accomplishments as shown by their cumulative 3.5 grade point averages.

“Receiving a red and white academic jacket marks the real beginning of their last year of high school for our high achieving seniors,” Booster Club president Terry Marcellus said.

“Next year they will be attending some of our finest universities,” he added.

In addition to the awarding of academic jackets to seniors, juniors will receive medallions, sophomores will receive academic pins and freshmen will receive certificates for their academic achievement.

The academic recognition program is in its 22nd year.