Posted by: The I AM Foundation | February 22, 2012

Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles Receives Books


Janneth Johnson of Green Dot Public Schools applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. Green Dot Public Schools has been chosen to receive 100 ~ I AM! Affirmation Books for Teens and Young Adults.  They will be receiving their books for gifting to the students in March of 2012.  Their original request was for 1,200 books. The students are in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

From Janneth Johnson…

In 2006, Locke High School was one of the most dangerous schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), with a graduation rate of under 25%. Now, thanks to Green Dot Public Schools, it\’s become a nationally recognized turnaround school, all while serving the same community, spending less money, and maintaining a unionized teaching and classified staff. Green Dot is the leading Turnaround school operator in the country. That\’s why they were recently authorized to operate Clay Middle School, which is in the bottom 1% of all schools in California, and Jordan High School (in collaboration with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools), where the proficiency rate in math is 3%. Green Dot\’s success can be measured by three key indicators: Retention (safety, reducing dropout rates, a positive school culture), Rigor (college preparedness), and Results (test scores and graduation rates): •API scores for Green Dot Public schools are substantially higher than at other LAUSD schools serving comparable communities; •At Locke, the graduation rate has doubled, and the number of college proficient A-G graduates has tripled since Green Dot began operating it in 2008; •Over 90% of Green Dot\’s graduates complete A-G college prep coursework, compared with 26% at other LAUSD schools; and •Gangs no longer intimidate students and teachers at Locke; the school is among the safest places in the neighborhood. \”At turnaround schools, our first goal is to keep students in school – to increase attendance rates and reduce dropout rates,\” said Green Dot President and CEO Marco Petruzzi. \”The keys are to create a safe environment and to make sure students know we care about them as individuals.\” Green Dot is determined to do more than improve educational quality for the students they currently serve. That\’s why they actively collaborate with LAUSD to improve other schools throughout the district, and share best practices with all those committed to high performance and high expectations. Green Dot\’s collaborative philosophy also extends to the relationship it has built with its teachers and other staff, who have organized a unique union known as Asociation de Maestros Unidos (AMU). \”Every student in the district deserves a good education, regardless of where they live or what school they attend,\” said Petruzzi. \”We\’re doing everything possible to make sure that happens.\” Our goal is to provide reading books in every classroom at Animo Middle School #3 and Animo Middle School #4. The positive literature from The I AM Foundation will serve well during our Advisory period where students get an opportunity to learn positive life skills.

About The I AM Foundation…the publisher of The Bridge. Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

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