Origami exercise improves students’ understanding of math, science

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Dramatic Results, an award-winning educational agency based in Signal Hill, set its sights on Hamilton Middle School’s self-contained sixth-grade class last week to provide struggling students a relatable approach to math and science. The agency has helped more than 17,000 students throughout Long Beach and Compton’s public schools in…

Pythias organizes book drive for childen’s charities

For the last ten years, children’s literacy has been an important part of the community services agenda of the Lakewood/Long Beach Knights of Pythias, which last year collected and distributed more than 50,000 children’s books. From May 1 through June 1, the Knights, through its Children’s Charities program, and the Long Beach Public Library will…

Miller Hospital teaming with Kohl’s to keep kids safe

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB) has teamed up with Kohl’s department stores for an ongoing childhood safety initiative to help prevent accidents that result in many serious injuries and hospitalizations. The “Keeping Kids Safe with Kohl’s” program at MCHLB provides education to children and parents on passenger, bicycle and pedestrian safety. One-hundred percent of…

Helping babies reach their first birthday

By Vivian J. Malauulu One of the hardest things in life is, without a doubt, dealing with the passing of one’s infant. The worst nightmare for all parents is for their children to precede them in death. Very few people can easily bounce back from such a tragedy, and even fewer can bounce back even…

Nonprofit hosting breakfast, lunch to provide info on child-abuse prevention

Nonprofit organization For the Child, which provides child-abuse- and neglect-prevention and treatment services for children and their families, will have its 9th Annual Children’s Circle of Friends Breakfast and First Luncheon on Thursday, April 29. “Protecting Innocence 2010” is the theme for the breakfast, which will take place at the Long Beach Airport Marriott from…

Elementary school rings ceremonial bell to honor its Founder’s Day

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Students, teachers, alumni, parents, education officials, government representatives, and board members of Los Cerritos Elementary School joined together March 5 to celebrate the school’s Founder’s Day, which was organized by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. Donald Beaver, principal of Los Cerritos Elementary School, conducted the ceremony, which included three speakers,…

Big Sister of the Year

Signal Hill resident Lori Heller has been named The Angelitos de Oro Big Sister of the Year. She has been matched with Little Sister Valerie, age 14, for five years. Lori works as a flight attendant for American Airlines and an event coordinator for There4U Incentives. “I’ve always loved working with children. I wanted to…

Self-defense training day for families affected by cancer

Walk With Sally, a non-profit organization committed to providing mentorship programs to children of parents and siblings with cancer, had a hands-on self-defense training day at the 360 Combat Club in Signal Hill on Saturday, February 27. This free event was one of Walk With Sally’s many annual friendship-building activities for local children living with…

How to parent boys

The public is invited to hear media literacy expert Jackson Katz, Ph.D., discuss “Parenting Boys: 21st Century Changes and Challenges” at Westerly School, 2950 East 29th Street, on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6pm. Parents of both boys and girls are encouraged to attend the presentation. Topics to be addressed include: violence in media and…

Orange County Children’s Theatre takes audiences to musical ‘Island’

Orange County Children’s Theatre (OCCT) is presenting its production of Once on This Island, with wall-to-wall dancing, movement and mime. From the first number, titled “We Dance,” the audience is drawn into the evening’s once-upon-a-time storytelling style and Caribbean island atmosphere. Directed and choreographed by Edward Bangasser, with assistant choreographer Jene’a DeCastro, and vocal direction…