Volunteers Beautify Mann UCLA Community School in South L.A.

Mrs. Carol Block, Asst. Vice Chancellor Keith Parker, and Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco joined volunteers from across the University.

Volunteers from UCLA and a neighborhood in South Los Angeles gathered Saturday, March 25, at Horace Mann UCLA Community School to give the facilities a good spring cleaning.

Nearly 100 volunteers of all ages from UCLA and the surrounding community pitched in for a Beautification Day event at Horace Mann UCLA Community School in South Los Angeles. Photo by Reed Hutchinson, UCLA

Almost 100 volunteers worked together to clean the school playground, pull weeds, pick up litter, sweep floors and stairwells, wipe down lockers, organize supply closets and put up decorations. Among the volunteers for the day were Orlando Johnson, the middle school’s principal; Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; Carol Block, wife of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; Keith Parker, assistant vice chancellor of UCLA Government and Community Relations; and dozens of staff and students from both the university and the middle school, as well as family members.

Last February, UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District formalized their partnership to expand Mann UCLA from a middle school to a middle and high school. The school will be tailored to the needs of the neighborhood and informed by the success of the original UCLA Community School at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex in Koreatown. Since UCLA helped open the school in 2009, the Koreatown neighborhood’s college-attendance rate has more than doubled to 75 percent. The school now serves grades kindergarten through 12.

For more information about Horace Mann UCLA Community School, click here.

Reposted with permission from UCLA Newsroom

Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Assistant Vice Chancellor Keith Parker, and Mrs. Carol Block joined nearly 100 volunteers from across the UCLA campus and the South L.A. community to beautify Horace Mann UCLA Community School on March 25. Photo by Reed Hutchinson, UCLA