Students participate in April 20 activities

As conversations on school safety continue across the nation, L.A. Unified students are organizing voluntary on-campus activities on April 20 to promote grass-roots activism and civic engagement. Schools throughout L.A. Unified will hold assemblies, speaking forums and other activities where students can voice their opinions and concerns and help shape the future through civic participation. 

The media are invited to cover the following events:

Van Nuys Middle School, 5435 Vesper Ave., Van Nuys 91411

At 7:30 a.m., Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, School Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson and Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian will kick off College and Career Day, which will run until 10:40 a.m. Students will hear from more than three dozen career professionals and college and university representatives.

Dorsey Senior High School, 3537 Farmdale Ave., Los Angeles 90016

From 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congresswoman Karen Bass and Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman will visit classrooms and talk to students about school safety.

University High School, 11800 Texas Ave., Los Angeles 90025

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., students will engage in an open-microphone forum on school safety, sharing their ideas with their peers and civic leaders. State Sen. Benjamin Allen will participate in the dialogue along with representatives from the offices of Councilman Mike Bonin and School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin.

Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School, 2071 Saturn Ave., Huntington Park 90255

From 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., students will engage in school-wide discussion on school safety with Assemblyman Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer Jr. 

Cleveland Charter High School, 8140 Vanalden Ave., Reseda 91335

From 10 to 10:30 a.m., hundreds of students will gather in the quad to spell out messages calling on government officials to take action on school safety. The school will also be kicking off a voter registration drive. State Sen. Henry Stern has been invited to attend.

Garfield High School, 5101 E. 6th St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

From 10 to 10:30 a.m. – State Sen. Kevin De León will join Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian and a representative from Assemblywoman Wendy Carillo’s office to meet with students about their ideas for improving school safety.