Kettering Elementary School special education teacher Claudia Paquette and Long Beach Unified School District Network Specialist Ray Irvine joined nine LBUSD students during the July 10 Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America in support of the Special Olympic World Games. Participants carried the “Flame of Hope” torch east on Atherton Street between Palo Verde Avenue and Studebaker Road, passing Tincher Preparatory School. The student participants included Jefferson’s Jessica Stull and Morgan Stull, Jordan’s Kristina Hale, Millikan’s William Graham, Rogers’ Andre Orlando, Twain’s Rusty Totman, and Wilson’s Desiree Rodgers, Kathy Rodgers and Dawn Tran. The last time the World Games came to Los Angeles was in 1972.
LBUSD Board of Education President Felton Williams was named in July as chair-elect of the Council of the Great City Schools, the primary coalition of the nation's largest school districts.
California Academy of Mathematics and Science student Celeste Goodwin earned second place at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland in June. Her project was "There It Is - Take It" - William Mullholland Deals Water to Los Angeles. She was also chosen to present her project at The Smithsonian.