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L.A.C.E.R. Plus at King Middle School

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We are very excited to announce an expansion of our services at King Middle School with a new offering, L.A.C.E.R. Plus. This will provide students and parents the opportunity to attend special workshops after school, beyond the choices we already offer to hundreds of kids every day though our free after school program.  Thanks to the great work and input from the King administration, Friends of King, parents, students and the L.A.C.E.R. Staff and Board of Directors we are launching three workshops in order to provide for our growing community and to prepare ourselves for a more comprehensive menu of offerings next year.

For more information on pricing and to register for any of the workshops below (limited space available), CLICK HERE!

  • SPANISH IMMERSION: an exciting immersion course in Spanish provided by the great team at Kallpachay! 
  • FLAMENCO DANCE: another series of dance workshops focusing on Flamenco, with a 'sharing' at the end.
  • HOMEWORK HEROES: small group tutoring provided by King Middle School teachers.

 

Students (L.A.C.E.R. and L.A.C.E.R. Plus) will receive a snack after school and will be led by our great program staff until the end of the day. Thank you for your patience, we appreciate this opportunity and please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with suggestions as we launch this exciting expansion!

The use of school premises has been granted pursuant to the provisions of Sections 17400, et seq., of the Educational Code of the State of California to LACER Afterschool Programs from the Board of Education of the LAUSD. The Board of Education does not sponsor or take responsibility, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the activities, statements, or opinions which may be expressed at this meeting or activity.


 

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Presented by the WILBUR MAY FOUNDATION

ART Thursday 4/16 (3-6pm) @ LeConte MS

DANCE Friday 4/24/15 (7:30-9:30pm) @ King MS

MUSIC Friday 5/1/15 (7:30-9:30pm) @ Musician’s Institute

DONATE ONLINE HERE

 From the $100 to the $5,000 level, you can help young people learn that people they don’t know actually care about them and about them and arts’ education.  Becoming a STARFEST SPONSOR helps pay for art materials, instruments, repairs, professional musicians, dancers, and artists who teach our students after school, which is often the ONLY arts’ programming available to many students. These are the culminating events for the arts’ programming in our after school programs for middle and high school students, who all school year, have learned to play in marching bands, start “garage bands”, write stories, create and learn dance routines, write poetry, create graphic arts projects in a variety of media, participate in award-winning precision dance teams, and learn to play folk and classical guitar.  Please come to see these fabulous young people perform and support them by being a SPONSOR.

Tickets to each of these events are free or very low cost to families and the community, though we always request a donation to support the arts programming for our young people.  SPONSORS receive priority seating tickets at each STARFEST event, as well as recognition on our website, and at each school that has a program culminating event, which will be seen by community families in your service area.  

But, of course, the most important reason to become a SPONSOR is that your fully tax deductible generosity helps some pretty wonderful young people dream big, learn new skills, and connect in a positive way with their greater community. 

 LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND DONATE ONLINE HERE

 

Mail checks to 1277 N. WILCOX AVE, SUITE 2, LOS ANGELES, CA 90038  

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NOW  LACER Art Gallery at Trader Joe's on Vine Currently showing art work from all four L.A.C.E.R. middle school programs during store hours @ 1600 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Annual WORD WIZARD Vocabulary & Spelling Competition

  • MARCH 19  Irving Middle School at 4:00 pm in Room S-4
  • MARCH 23  King Middle School at  4:00 pm in the Library
  • MARCH 25  Bancroft Middle Schools at 4:00 pm in Room 234
  • MARCH 26  LeConte Middle Schools at 4:00 pm in Room 260
  • APRIL 15  SUPER WORD WIZARD FINALS to be held at King Middle School (further details TBA)

 APRIL 16  LACER Art Show Thursday 4/16 (3-6pm) @ LeConte Middle School's Small Gym featuring works from the LACER visual art programs at Bancroft, Irving, King and LeConte Middle Schools.

APRIL 24  STARFEST 2015: DANCE SHOW at King Middle School from 7:30 to 9:30pm

MAY 1  STARFEST 2015: ROCK SHOW at Musicians Institute from 7:30 to 9:30pm

MAY 7  Grammy Museum Performance Saturday 3/7, 11am-12pm - LeConte and Irving Middle Schools perform along with Hollywood High School @ The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are free but RSVP required, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MAY 15  Hard Rock Café Performance Sunday 3/15, 12pm-1pm - Bancroft Middle School and Fairfax High School perform sets at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd.

MAY 22  Annual Rock Show (California Arts Council) Friday 5/22, 4-5pm - students in LACER's longest-running rock band at LeConte Middle School perform a 45 min. set for their peers, teachers, parents and fiends.

The Dick Seymour Arts Fund

In Celebration of the Adventurous Life of American Artist Richard Frank "Dick" Seymour (1937-2015) friends and family encourage donations to The Dick Seymour Arts Fund in lieu of flowers. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will support visual art students within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs led by his son, founding member and Executive Director, Will Seymour.

Now in it's 20th year, LACER provides award-winning art, academic and athletic activities to thousands of youth, for free, each year. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will provide much needed art supplies, portfolios and technology to students seeking higher education in the visual arts. To find out more about Dick Seymour, and the work LACER does, please visit DickSeymour.com and LACERstars.org.

Donate by MAIL or by PHONE:
The Dick Seymour Arts Fund
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs
1277 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite 2
Los Angeles, California 90038
(323) 957-6481

Donate ONLINE:
https://lacerstars.ejoinme.org/DickSeymourArtsFund

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Dick Seymour

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December 21, 2014

LACER Afterschool Programs give students a reason to go to class

Aaron Cornejo could hardly believe it when he saw his report card with all A's and Bs for the first time.

"I had to look at my report card again like 'I actually have those grades?'" said Cornejo, 17. "I told myself if I could do this, I'm capable of doing more stuff."

Before joining one of the LACER (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation) Afterschool Programs in the sixth grade, Cornejo said he used to come home from school and plop down in front of the TV.

The teachers at LACER would tell me that I'm capable, and I would believe in myself. - Aaron Cornejo, student at Hollywood High

 

"I would get lazy. I wouldn't even try to do my homework. But LACER changed that," Cornejo said. "The teachers at LACER would tell me that I'm capable, and I would believe in myself."

Eight years later, the Hollywood High School senior won the John Liechty Outstanding Student Award, an honor LACER gives to high-achieving students at each of the six schools that offer the free afterschool program.

One of Cornejo's main motivations to do well in school has been his love of music and participation in the LACER marching band. Band members must maintain at least a 2.0 average.

Despite state and federal budget cuts in the arts and other school programs, LACER has tried to step up and make a difference where it can, said founding member William Seymour, who runs the program. Marching band, for example, was cut from Hollywood High School in 2009; LACER now provides support for the program.

The band is one of a variety of classes LACER offers in addition to student assistance with homework.

"They love the afterschool [program], and when they love the afterschool [program], that means they go to school," Seymour said. "We're a saving grace for so many students, and the ones that come to us are the ones that really want … to take full advantage of it."

Between 96% and 98% of LACER high school participants graduate, Seymour said.

DONATE to LACER today!

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LISTEN: "Spotlight on the Community"

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L.A.C.E.R.'s Will Seymour ("Mortified", "Joan of Arcadia" and "This American Life) sits down with Denise Westwood at 95.5 KLOS "Spotlight on the Community" to discuss growning up, getting involved and how a safe and caring after school environment like the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs can help kids find a direction for the rest of their lives. Listen to the podcast here.

MAJOR GIFT: The Wilbur May Foundation

Partnerships like The Wilbur May Foundation, a long-time supporter, help L.A.C.E.R. make the arts an integral part of the after school experience for thousands of youth in Los Angeles. In a new initiative that began in early 2014, The Wilbur May Foundation ARTStars – Connecting Youth Through the Arts program provided an additional 23,300 hours of instruction and performance time across six L.A.C.E.R. schools. By doing so, L.A.C.E.R. was able to provide an arts experience for every student, that’s over 7,000 middle and high school youth who benefited from this expanded collaboration.

Listen to Will Seymour’s conversation with Denise Westwood on 95.5 KLOS “Spotlight on the Community” as he explains how L.A.C.E.R. changes lives daily through arts, athletics and academics and the new initiative made possible by a major gift from The Wilbur May Foundation.