This past weekend’s Back To School event had a great turnout with, as you might expect, the largest crowd of kids we’ve ever hosted at an event. They played lawn games, chowed down on delicious eats (courtesy of Reynoso’s Tacos) and participated in fun activities.
ESMoA’s Letter Writing Workshop was a huge hit. The kids wrote their future selves letters of inspiration and aspiration. While some others wrote their letters to friends or loved ones.
Erris of Glitter Thumbs Custom Face and Body Painting didn’t have a moment’s rest! From the moment she started putting designs on arms, legs, and faces until the moment she closed up shop at 4pm, she was busy! There was a line of eager kids (including some grown ones) waiting. But we did make sure she got to enjoy some tacos!
Our friends at the El Segundo Public Library set up a table to answer questions and to encourage the students to make the most of a valuable resource. Their booth included a spin-the-wheel game where students could win fabulous prizes.
For everyone with a sweet tooth we had fresh baked cupcakes courtesy of The Good Cake Company located in Inglewood. SEA Change officially unveiled POWERLine, a resource created to help us track and stop racism and hate in the community. We heard from many students who said they were subjected to various episodes of racism, discrimination, and bullying, but did not feel their concerns were being taken seriously or dealt with appropriately while some of them even said they didn’t report the incidents because they had no confidence they would be dealt with, or worse, feared retaliation. That's when our City Reform Committee got to work. While POWERLine is for everyone in the community, its formation was inspired by the plight of those students. You can find more information about POWERLine here
And a huge poster-sized thank you cards were signed for our local first responders, and the day was capped with a moment of silence to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. We paid respect to the lives that were lost and honored the heroes who risked everything to save lives. And we used the day as a reminder of what it looks like when this country comes together to comfort, heal, recover, and rebuild. 9/11 was a tragedy, but in many ways it brought out the best of us. We think it’s important to remember that as we move forward as a country today.