Long Beach Unified School District educates over three thousand homeless students district wide. District officials along with key community leaders created one of the most rigorous education programs ever for these very inspiring students. The program is called Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center. It has been recognized as one of the most academically successful homeless education programs in the country. The list of people who have come to read to Bethune students includes US Senator Jim Jeffords and Verizon spokesperson and actor, James Earl Jones.
Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center provides mental health assessment and support, health screenings, and social development activities. This program is successful because of its community partners. The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of Long Beach, Assistance League/Rick Rackers, churches, synagogues, and corporate partners including Verizon and the Boeing Company bring the necessary extras that make a difference in the lives of these students. The LBEF identifies funds to support this unique educational structure.
On February 9, 2006, the community turned out for the Dedication Ceremony of the new facilities for Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center. This state-of-the-art facility and campus-like setting with trees and a big lawn for the children to play on was made possible by Los Angeles County Supervisor, Don Knabe.
To read about the Dedication Ceremony and the history of Bethune Transitional Center, please click on this link: Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center