FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Awards Grant to SCHOOL, Inc.
to Support Underserved Youth
PASADENA, Calif. – May 31, 2017 – 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, is pleased to receive grant funding from The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).
SCHOOL, Inc. is proud to partner with LADF to fulfill the needs of underserved youth in elementary and secondary schools in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Since LADF was established in 1995, the Foundation uses three pillars – Education + Literacy, Health + Wellness and Sports + Recreation. Through these pillars, LADF guides its dedicated work and commitment of supporting the youth of Los Angeles by awarding grant funding to organizations like SCHOOL, Inc. to carry out its mission of helping teachers create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish.
LADF’s mission runs parallel to how SCHOOL, Inc. is revolutionizing the classroom setting by understanding that education requires more than thinking. To improve learning the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of students must be addressed. By nurturing the health of students and teachers, the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program helps improve academic achievement within collaborate classrooms.
“Partnering with LADF is truly an honor,” said Kelly Wood, Founder and CEO of SCHOOL, Inc. “This gift will be helpful to both our youth and teachers as we continue to promote inclusion, community engagement, and the enjoyment of learning together.”
SCHOOL, Inc. serves more than 2,000 youth of which approximately are 50/50 boys and girls, 60% elementary and 40% secondary with over 90% being Hispanic and minority covering more than 50 schools located throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, SCHOOL, Inc. provides scholarships for teachers to take the in-person or online teacher training program and promote LADF scholarships through the UTLA website.
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.