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Monday, April 02, 2007

so my meeting with the mayor went very well i think. i of course spoke of my interest in the role public schools play (or at least should play) in strengthening our communities. (you have heard it from me before!) of my desire for our little neighborhood school to build on that premise. to start a community/parent center on campus. to draw on our community for more enriching after-school programs. to investigate how beautifying our campus with a native garden, more trees, shade, murals, and a re-thought asphalt yard, will work to maximize our visibility in the community. he was receptive. encouraging. and seemed to be listening.

i had read about mayor villaraigosa's plan for school reform. the schoolhouse. but had not read the entire document myself. in preparation for my meeting i did. and i must say it all looks so very good. i am no expert in this area by a long shot. but i do know as a parent what i want for my kids. i am an expert there.

so we will see what happens. the hope is to have the mayor come visit our school. to stir the community. he expressed interest, but as with all things political you never know until it happens. he is a busy man. but his passion for education is evident. and that means a lot to me. (to give you an idea of the scope of our school system here, there are 658 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School Division, and in 2005 over 741,000 students. the number is growing. that doesn't include all of the charter and private schools in the city either.)

to back up a bit, my meeting with him came out of my involvement with big sunday. a city-wide day of community service. it is a great event. our little school is one of over 300 projects that will be taking place over the weekend of april 28 and 29. if you live in los angeles - get involved. you can find a project in your neighborhood at bigsunday.org.

i am going to take a bit of time off. lots going on. (mundane and otherwise.) hopefully good things will come of all of it. you can usually find me at flickr.

wishing you all a wonderful passover/easter/spring!

bouquet

13 comments:

shari said...

so glad your meeting went well! your work within your community is an inspiration. thank you for sharing tracy and enjoy your time away! xo

sally said...

I knew your meeting would go well. I really admire your passion for community + public schools. Your voice can and will make a difference!

Enjoy your week. Happy Easter.

BunkleLife said...

Fantastic T! Glad it went well, I'm convinced that voices and opportunities like that can make a big difference. Love the Sunday projects too - what a great idea.

xoJ

Gwendolen said...

Wow! How awesome! I think this is so great and I'm so inspired by you! I'm a huge fan of making a difference, especially regarding education. Must read up on the Sunday projects...

Have a good break! xo g

erin said...

glad to hear it went well! enjoy your break!

Kristina said...

That is so great Tracy - how cool you got to talk your case with the mayor!
Big Sunday sounds great too.
You get me all exited and I want to join and do myself. For our community - heck for yours as well ;o)
You are very inspirring!

molly said...

wonderful tracy. so inspired by what you are doing. It seems to me your school decisions that you really struggled through have been the right ones for you, your family and your community. way to go!

hannah said...

rock on tracy! so good to see you thinking and acting on your desires for the little bugs. have a wonderful holiday!

Mama Urchin said...

It sounds like you spoke what was in your heart. Even if nothing comes of it ( and it sounds like that won't be the case) you know you did that.

melissa f. said...

who needs a Masters in Ed when you can get that kind of exposure :) i'm so excited to see what comes of this!

nicole said...

I do hope that we can keep talking :) I see that you're reading Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv. I bought this book the other day and have been enjoying every minute of it. It's kind of what called me into a less-internet-absorbed life. XO

leslie said...

you really have me thinking now, i have gotten so "into" my camp fire leader role, that maybe involvement in the school is next? thanks for the inspiration! i really see your vision and am so glad you are focused on the public school, i really think there is a strong movement toward local community improvements...instead of just going private...does that make sense?? goes with all the green movement, organic, being "active" and taking "action"...improving all aspects of our lives :) thanks again!

blair said...

Hi T! I'm so glad this all went well and you feel encouraged! I am so very passionate about what my kids school life should be like and is like, and what kind of people we are helping them to me. So, this is all near and dear to my heart. Communities form around schools, we all know it takes a village! A very good thing you're doing. Enjoy your break. xo