Hundreds Participate in Town Hall

More than 600 students, parents and other community members attended the Long Beach Unified School District’s first-ever Students of Color “Town Hall” Meeting last Saturday at Cabrillo High School. The event, part of a partnership with the White House and other large school districts, provided dozens of workshops and important information on helping to prepare all students for success in college and careers.

“It was a great day for our students and parents” said Board of Education Vice President Felton Williams, who chaired the event committee. “To see the high turnout and such an enthusiastic, appreciative response from parents and students was truly encouraging and uplifting for everyone involved.”

In July, President Barack Obama announced that Long Beach and other members of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of the nation’s largest school systems, would pledge to improve academic achievement for minority youth. Williams, who is secretary/treasurer of the Council, represented LBUSD at the White House event. He will continue to work with the planning committee for last Saturday’s event to follow up on survey feedback from event participants.

Parent Mary Jane Tapia was among many parents who expressed thanks for the event.

“I wanted to tell you that I really appreciated the Students of Color Town Hall meeting,” she wrote in an email to LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “It was nice to walk into an enthused group of students cheering me on. The speakers were inspiring, especially the high school students who shared their experiences. The breakout sessions were engaging and informative, and each presenter took their time to answer questions from me and the audience… As an alum of LBUSD schools, and having worked with many local school districts, I can attest that LBUSD is definitely the best school district ever!”

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