LOS ANGELES (Aug. 13, 2018) — As Los Angeles Unified prepares for the first day of school, Superintendent Austin Beutner and Los Angeles sports teams and athletes team up to get kids to school.
Over 600,000 students received a welcome back phone message from Los Angeles sports stars encouraging students to stay in school and work hard throughout the school year.
The phone calls are part of a larger initiative by Superintendent Beutner to help increase student attendance to increase student academic success.
“We know attendance matters as students who attend school regularly do better in school,” said Superintendent Beutner. “Our LA sports heroes care about kids coming to school because our students are the future of our community. We all have a stake in helping students succeed.”
Students received calls from athletes including:
- Olympic track-and-field champion Allyson Felix
- Todd Gurley from the Los Angeles Rams
- Kyle Kuzma from the Los Angeles Lakers
- Manny Machado from the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Sebastian Lletgetfrom the Los Angeles Galaxy
- Jerome Robinson from the Los Angeles Clippers
- Sydney Wiese from the Los Angeles Sparks
- Luc Robitaille from the Los Angeles Kings
Link to recorded calls: