News Release| EPIC America Reads/Counts Program; Cal State L.A.

Media Advisory: Friday, April 30, 2010; 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

300 schoolchildren declare ‘Cal State L.A., Here We Come!’

Local K-6th grade students are ‘college students’ for a day

Note to editors and news directors:  Coming from five Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools, the kindergarten through sixth-grade students will be on campus Friday, April 30, for a Cal State L.A.-style school day. Reporters are welcome to join them. To make photo arrangements, please contact Victoria Mosqueda by cellphone at (323) 640-6884 or office phone at (323) 343-3380.

As college students for a day, the children will be able to enjoy lessons on the science of tie-dye and invisible ink, check out the award-winning Mini Baja vehicle, discover various marine organisms, tour the new sciences complex, meet the Golden Eagle mascot and student athletes, and more.

The visit is the culmination of the Cal State L.A. Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) program’s America Reads/America Counts program, in which Cal State L.A. students provide academic assistance at the schools to children who are below grade level.

The schoolchildren will come from the following Los Angeles schools:

           99th Street Elementary, 9900 S. Wadsworth St., 90002

                       Ann Elementary, 126 E. Bloom St., 90012

           Anton Elementary, 438 N. Brannick Ave., 90063

                       Robert F. Kennedy Elementary, 4010 E. Ramboz Dr., 90063

                       Huntington Dr. Elementary, 435 N. Huntington Dr., 90032

WHAT:          “Cal State L.A., Here We Come!“ and 300 K-6th-grade students  

WHEN:          Friday, April 30, 2010

                        9 - 9:45 a.m.:            buses arrive

                        9:45 a.m.:                  welcome in Eagles Nest Gym

                        10 a.m. – noon:        demos/activities; some highlights:

                                                           Physics Exploratorium (Physical Sciences 453)

                                                           Jump Start Your Nerves (Fine Arts 309)

                                                           Athletic presentations (Gym and Reeder Field)

                                                           Nutrition discussion (Salazar Hall C162)

                                                           Mini Baja (Engineering & Technology B15)

                                                           Marine Touch Tank (La Kretz Hall lobby)

                                                           Tie-dye & invisible ink (La Kretz Hall 146)

                                                            Speech and Debate Team (King Hall B3008)

                          Noon – 1:15 p.m.   Banquet lunch in Golden Eagle Ballroom

The luncheon program will include a keynote presentation by Vice President Tony Ross of Student Affairs at Cal State L.A., along with speeches by college and elementary school students to encourage everyone to go to college.

WHERE:        Various locations at California State University, Los Angeles. The University is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeway.

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