L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

King Middle School 2014-15

L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs 2014-15

Now in our 19th year, the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs opened on Tuesday August 12th to over 1,000 students in six public schools across Los Angeles for the 2014-2015 school year. Our award winning programs are particularly popular this year and we saw crowds that had all of us working extra hard to accommodate every student possible. We appreciate the great patience and assistance we have received from students, parents, volunteers and school staff.


Our program at King Middle School is one of the programs that has record attendance again this year. The program is coordinated everyday, Monday through Friday, from Room 500 where students sign-in and choose one the free classes offered such as King Dance, King Drill, basketball, flag football and visual art. L.A.C.E.R.'s Homework Club is located in the school's library and students who participate in this offering meet there each day to sign-in.


All of the classes at King are available, however, our academic offering, the Homework Club, has reached the capacity of 85 students and has a waiting list of aprox. 200 students. In order to participate in this free after school program we require students to commit to attending at least three days a week and stay until 6:00 pm each day. If it's necessary to take a student out of the program earlier than 6:00 pm there is an early release form with each of the instructors that must be filled out. A free snack is provided to all students each day, on a staggered schedule, in Room 500.


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SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, November 16, 2014

You're invited to L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program's 19th Annual Fundraiser Brunch on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Avalon Hollywood. Silent Auction, Brunch, Awards and Student Performances from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. For information about Sponsorship Opportunties please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it In the video below, meet the six students who were honored at last year's event with the John Liechty Outstanding Student Award. Host Fritz Coleman presented each student with this annual honor for excellence in leadership, commitment and citizenship within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs and in the community. Please vist our secure website to become an Event Sponsor or to buy Tickets.





kids with signs 300dpiFor nearly 20 years the award-winning L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs have provided underserved middle and high school students in Los Angeles with free arts, athletics and academic activites after school. By allowing young people the opportunity to expand their learning, improve their skills and develop new ones in a safe, supportive setting, L.A.C.E.R. fosters scholastic achievement, self-confidence and good citizenship.


STARFEST 2014: Thank you!

Approximately 800 participants and attendees were present at STARFEST, Sunday, June 1, 2014, hosted by L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs. For ninety minutes, guests were amazed as they watched and listened to the marching band perform, a drumline battle, dance teams, drill teams, cheer routines, and heard some remarkable original and cover songs from metal, pop, and rock bands - all from L.A.C.E.R.'s award-winning classes after school.

The original songs from the high schools should be on the radio. – Starfest Guest

The auditorium fell silent when Kevin, a leading young classical guitarist played – “he didn’t just play, his technique was flawless with a warm tonal presence,” said a Starfest Guest. Kevin started in the L.A.C.E.R. program as a 6th grader and has appeared in numerous plays, performed at the House of Blues on multiple occasions and at L.A.C.E.R.’s annual fundraiser brunch. Starfest was Kevin’s last performance before he heads off to attend Berkley School of Music in the fall.

STARFEST, a talent show, is our annual culminating event intended to inspire students, promote self-discovery, engage the imagination and provide a positive experience. This celebration is the only opportunity for all six sites to come together to perform for each other, students practice all year and were excited to celebrate their accomplishments with parents, friends, faculty, and community members.

I never saw anything like this! - a student from Bancroft Middle School who was mesmerized after watching King Middle Schools’ dance performance.

L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs bring innovative, cutting-edge art, academic and athletic programs to six Los Angeles public schools reaching over 3,600 students annually. This year, 2,987 students experienced art because of L.A.C.E.R., 957 students participate in our sports teams and fitness classes and 1,109 students participated in our homework clubs.

Though L.A.C.E.R. offers students the program at no cost, the show costs money to put on, and the event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Starfest SPONSORS include major support from the Wilbur D. May Foundation, Fox Entertainment Group as well as Iron Mountain, Sharon Stricker & Jackie Goldberg, Occidental Entertainment, So. California Gas Co., Julie Kleinick & Craig White and many more.

Special thank you to our good friends at the Hollywood Beautification Team who gave-away 100 trees after the show!

I saw a great show and I got a free tree. What a great afternoon! – Starfest Guest



The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs Wilbur D. May Foundation and Fox Entertainment Group present


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Doors at 2:30 pm
Show at 3:00 pm

LeConte Middle School Auditorium
1316 N. Bronson Ave.
Hollywood, CA  90028

TICKETS General Admission tickets will be sold at 2:00 pm for a suggested donation from $1 to $10 per person.

PARKING Street parking is available.

There will be Prizes, a 100 Tree Give-away by H/LABT as well as Snacks and Drings sold at intermission. To qualify for a free tree from H/LABT be one of the first 100 guest to arrive and bring your CA ID and a recent utility bill as proof of LA residency. Tweet about the show: #Starfest2014 @LACERstars




L.A.C.E.R. News

LISTEN: "Spotlight on the Community"

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 Wilber D. May Foundation

Partnerships like The Wilbur D. 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 D. 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 D. May Foundation.