FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
SCHOOL, Inc. Participates in Community Outreach at
MacArthur Park Elementary Along with
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and 99 Cents Only Stores
PASADENA, Calif. – November 30, 2018 – 501(c)(3) Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.), a charitable organization focusing on supporting SCHOOL Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training at Title 1 schools, today joined The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and 99 Cents Only Stores in a concerted effort to support community outreach with yoga and giveaways.
Children at MacArthur Park Elementary School enjoyed a fun Friday school day as the LADF surprised the 4th & 5th graders with a visit from two Dodger Alunni, Dennis Powell and Matt Luke. Dennis Powell started his professional career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1983 as pitcher; four year later he went out to play in other Major League teams. Today, Dennis is an integral part of the Dodger’s community. Matt Luke played in Major League Baseball for 11 years as outfielder and first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yankees and Angels. He finished his career in baseball in 1999 and since has dedicated his time in helping the youth in local communities. Both Powell and Luke joined in with the SCHOOL Kids Yoga and Mindfulness session, led by Kelly Wood, along with the MacArthur Park students. Students also received generous giveaways from the LADF and 99 Cents Only Stores.– Dodger caps, water, granola bars, and fruit snacks. MacArthur Park Elementary is located in the Westlake District and is classified as 100% Title I with a student populations of 94% Hispanic.
The success of the community outreach live event was captured in social media with heart-felt, inspiring Tweets:
LADF: “Namaste”. Today, we surprised 99 students at MacArthur Park Visual & Performing Arts Elementary with yoga and giveaways thanks to @99Only! #LADFgives.
SCHOOL: LOVED teaching SCHOOL Kids Yoga today at MacArthur Park Elementary with the support of the Dodgers Foundation & 99 Cent Stores!
LADF: Big thank you to the @99Only for making today possible! #BiggerThanBaseball
SCHOOL: Such an honor to work with the LA Dodger Foundation.
LADF: “Calm hearts are CONFIDENT” @Dodgers Alumni Matt Luke and Dennis Powell joined our yoga session with LADF grantee SCHOOL Kids Yoga. #LADFgives @99Only.
SCHOOL: Dodger alumni Dennis Powell and Matt Luke were GREAT role models for focus, perseverance and kindness today in our @SCHOOL_Yoga class.
“Engaging with the LADF and 99 Cent Only role models in this community outreach program reinforces our commitment to helping Los Angeles youth. We greatly enjoyed strengthening our strategic partnership with LADF.” said Kelly Wood, Founder and CEO of SCHOOL, Inc.
About SCHOOL, Inc.:
Established in 2012, Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to help public schools, especially Title 1 communities, create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program is an adapted mindfulness curriculum that addresses the comprehensive health of students and teachers by enhancing physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Collaborative attitudes and character development are nurtured through the program to support academic success. SCHOOL, Inc. provides professional development for educators in school districts including Los Angeles Unified, Pasadena Unified, New York City of Education and more. For more information, visit www.school-yoga.org.