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    Ribbon Cutting for Wellness Center at Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES)


    Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials joined students, parents, guardians, community members and special guests to cut the ribbon on a new Wellness Center at MaCES on April 24th, 2018. The new Wellness Center will provide free or reduced-rate medical and behavioral health services to the students, families, and surrounding community. LAUSD has partnered with Mission City Community Network and our own School Mental Health to operate the Wellness Center. About 50 people marked the event Dr. Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD School Board Member, District 5, MACES Principal Gabriel Duran, and the CEO of Mission City Community Network, Nik Gupta.


    Through partnerships with community health care providers, generosity and guidance by the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, and approximately $34 million from the Joint-Use/Innovation facilities funding of the Los Angeles School Board, LAUSD has opened 15 school-based Wellness Centers located on campuses in high-priority areas across the District. The Wellness Center project was planned by LAUSD’s Facilities Services Division and Student Health and Human Services staff in an effort to implement the District-endorsed Health Care Master Plan presented to the Board of Education on January 27, 2009.


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    Blueprint for Wellness


    Wellness is LAUSD’s top priority for students, families, community and staff. Wellness Programs is committed to providing an environment where students can learn to make healthy choices for lifelong health.  We recognize the critical relationship between a healthy student and academic achievement.  Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.  Our Blueprint for Wellness Policy serves the whole child by addressing the needs related to Nutrition Services, Physical Education, Health Education, Health Services, Positive Attendance and Building Resiliency, Safe Environment, Staff Wellness as well as Parent and Community Involvement


    This spring, the Wellness Programs team assisted 146 schools administer the School Health Index (SHI).  SHI is a self-assessment and planning guide that enable schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of school’s policies and programs for promoting health and wellness.   This allowed us to recognize the great work our schools, students and community are doing in the area of Wellness.  In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, we were able to leverage $85,900 in incentives for schools to participate and complete the School Health Index. We are proud to announce that 115 of our schools are eligible for Bronze level and 6 others are eligible for silver level status. We celebrate these school sites for meeting and exceeding district-mandated requirements that support the whole school, whole community, and whole child. 


    We salute all of our schools and encourage you to keep walking, running, eating healthy, having conversations regarding safety and health.  Wellness Programs is continuing to create, inspire and influence healthy choices for a lifetime of well-being.



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    On Friday, March 16, 2018 LAUSD partnered with Sydney Paige Inc. to support deserving students with a donation of 100 backpacks at Garfield High School.  Each backpack was filled with school supplies that totaled over $14,000 dollars. On the day of the event, we were honored to have Marcus Scribner from the hit ABC sitcom Black-ish to visit Garfield for our backpack give-away. Mr. Scribner energized and inspired Garfield’s 9th-12th grade students when he spoke on the importance of staying in school and going to college. This day of giving was possible through the hard work and efforts of our Healthy Start Coordinator, Blanca Espinoza and our PSA Counselor Bianca Napoles.  Our LAUSD staff continues to work for the best interest of all students….Building Self Esteem, Building Hopes and Building Dreams!

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    On Friday, February 1st, Students needing corrective lenses on the campus of Crenshaw High School, were given the opportunity to receive free vision screenings and glasses.  The event was spearheaded by Sharon Dean, Coordinator for Healthy Start. Sharon teamed up with Vision to Learn and provided free vision screenings for all students. The large number of eye glasses that were given to Crenshaw Scholars, talks about LAUSD’s commitment to ensure all students have access to health care.


    As part of our vision and wellness outreach; students, staff and parents were given a mini concert by rapper, producer, actor and philanthropist Master P.  As well as, rapper/actor Romeo provided a wonderful live performance on the campus of Crenshaw High School and later distributed the free eye glasses to students.


    Healthy Start is designed to serve students, families and the community on a daily basis.  “We give, because we care.”      



    Student at Gage Middle School On Friday, November 17, 2017, the principal at Gage Middle School, Cesar Quezada, asked his school’s Healthy Start Coordinator, Jaime Urbina, to help support a family who tragically had recently lost their home due to a fire. There were a total of 31 individuals living in the residence, of which 18 were LAUSD students.  Mr. Urbina was able to support the family by providing them with 10 Thanksgiving food boxes donated by Kaiser Permanente.  In addition, on Friday, December 22, 2017, Mr. Urbina, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, coordinated a special Christmas event for the family at Gage Middle School.  The entire family received Laker’s and Dodger’s sports merchandise, and the 18 students each received ten new toys and a new bicycle.  In total, this past Christmas season, Mr. Urbina coordinated five major Christmas events distributing over 1,400 donated toys, food, and bicycles to students from Gage Middle School and Miles Avenue EL. His partners include Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Fire Department and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Urbina’s dedication and passion for helping his families is admirable, and we are proud to have him as part of the Wellness Programs Healthy Start Program.


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    Yolanda Arranda, Wellness Programs Healthy Start Navigator, partnered with the Assistance League of San Pedro and Old Navy stores to provide $100 vouchers to 100 Dana Middle School students. Students and their parents were invited to shop at the Old Navy store in the Del Amo Mall on September 30th and October 7th. Both Saturdays were a huge success and filled with excitement, as students were able to shop for much needed clothing and shoes for school. Healthy Start looks forward to continuing their partnership with the Assistance League and Old Navy Stores to bring much needed resources to LAUSD students.





    On November 16, 2017, Operation Gobble held their annual Thanksgiving Day food basket giveaway. The Gobble Gobble Event Carson Healthy Start Cluster, led by Maritsa Adkins, Healthy Start Navigator, collaborated with several of our community and school-based partners to distribute over 200 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to our most underserved families throughout the City of Carson.  We are appreciative of all our partners who supported in the efforts in making this a true day of Thanksgiving.  Special thanks are given to Kristie Garrison, Healthy Start Coordinator, The Rotary Club (Carson, Dominguez, Gardena), Andeavor Corporation, Carson Child Guidance Program and the Inter-Act student volunteer group from Gardena High School.


    Healthy Start thanks each volunteer for making a difference in the lives of our families. 


    Happy Holidays



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