The Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) at Long Beach Poly High donated $1,000 to the Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center, 2101 San Gabriel Ave., on March 18.
PTSA President Sharifa Batts said her organization selected the center for the donation after hearing about its history of service to the community. Additionally, several of the high school’s students had benefited from the center’s services.
On February 9, 2006, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) dedicated the center and its education of homeless children in the community to the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and civil-rights leader who started a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida and became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In addition to focusing on academics, the transitional center provides support with mental health, medical access, enrichment activities, school uniforms, and a variety of needed school supplies.
Source: Poly PTSA