Welcome Back to School

Dear parents, students, and educators:

I would like to extend a heartfelt best wishes as we start a new school year in the City of Los Angeles. Nelson Mandela once said “education is the most powerful weapon to change the world,” and this month young Angelenos will begin the process of arming themselves with knowledge and reaching new heights in their scholastic achievements.

During this past year I served on the Education and Neighborhoods Committee and I was so incredibly proud of the work my office accomplished with the help of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

-I partnered with Rosemont Elementary School to host the first CD13 Family Resource Fair, and brought City Hall as well as its community service partners, to parents and students at the school.

-I fought for the health of our youth by curbing the illegal sale of tobacco to children, in partnership with the City Attorney.

-I worked with several schools and parents, as well as our City departments, on creating even safer routes to school by adding traffic signals and improved crosswalk visibility.

-I pushed for improvements in public safety by establishing the CD13 Clean Team, a group of volunteers who beautify and maintain the 13th District by eliminating trash, debris, and graffiti.

-I worked with City staff to provide free Wi-Fi in neighborhoods, parks, and throughout the City of Los Angeles, which will give students access to academic materials they may not have had access to before.

-I joined forces with the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Barnsdall Arts Park Foundation to make improvements to Barnsdall Park, an area where students and other Angelenos may go enjoy the arts.

-I worked to provide free lunches to our city parks and recreation facilities for the second year in a row.

-I visited several schools, met with parents and faculty members, and helped identify outside resources specific to the school to help the students.

In addition to enhancing student experiences out in the community, I am thrilled to host student visits to City Hall, and enjoy personally welcoming them to the Council Chamber. And, my staff has welcomed several local high school students who have served as interns at both my City Hall and District offices.

My staff and I will work hard to connect schools in 13th District with the city resources that are available, and we look forward to fostering even better relationships with the local schools in the years ahead. If you have any questions, please contact my Education Deputy Star Parsamyan at 213-473-7013 or star.parsamyan@lacity.org.

Warm regards,

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell


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