Month: April 2017

L.A. Dodger Shares Story of Jackie Robinson with Students

Lynwood, Calif. – Dodgers all-star catcher Yasmani Grandal took a break from the pennant chase on Friday, July 31 to share an inspiring story of success with more than 100 students at Lynwood Unified’s Helen Keller Elementary. Grandal, who came

Love at First Chant

Maria Estrada remembers having to argue with her two daughters when it came to reading. They would complain and get attitudes when she or their father would try to get them to pick up a book. So when Maria heard

Paying it Forward

  Many parents and students look up to Juan Carlos Lugo – well, actually, few people don’t. At 6’10, Lugo towers over most crowds. But it is not his height that people are drawn to; it is his unique ability

CDF Freedom Schools: A Paradigm Shift

In a classroom adorned in bright colors, ten young scholars sit in a circle. One by one, they take turns reading aloud. At various points, the facilitator asks for examples of how their lives reflect those of the characters in

Summer’s End Celebration

  Eight-year-old, Laci Martin of Compton enjoyed attending her summer literacy enrichment program, so much last year she couldn’t wait to return to Read Lead’s Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School in Lynwood this year. “Last year I wasn’t a good

Parent Engagement Institute: The Launch

Engaged Parents. Stronger Students. Last month we launched our newest program, the Parent Engagement Institute. In partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund of California the program provides parents with the skills and knowledge to better support their children’s academic development,

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