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BookPALS & Spiderwick Chronicles

Friday, March 21 2008 @ 05:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles

Pio Pico and Encino Elementary had special guests reading from the Spiderwick Chronicles.


Allen Alvarado from Flight 29 Down reads to students at Encino Elementary

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BookPALS are Bi-coastal

Friday, February 15 2008 @ 05:03 PM EST

Los Angeles

Our own Keith Day of Los Angeles went home for the holidays, and made school visits, while in New York.

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Jerry Penacoli visits Micheltorena Elemenatry

Monday, January 14 2008 @ 03:55 PM EST

Los Angeles

Thanks to our good friends at Micheltorena Elementary School for welcoming BookPALS and Screen Actors Guild Foundation Board Member Jerry Penacoli to their school.



Micheltorena Elementary in Silverlake had a special BookPALS visitor on Wednesday January 9th, when EXTRA’s Jerry Penacoli dropped in to read to Mr. Sanchez’s 3rd grade class. Jerry read from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends as well as Guji Guji, Chih-Yuan Chen’s book about families (and the next book to stream on Storyline Online). Jerry and the students even sang from the book What a Wonderful World.

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BookPALS & CHAMPS

Wednesday, December 19 2007 @ 03:59 PM EST

Los Angeles

CHAMPS, the Charter High School of the Performing Arts, is a performance-based college preparatory high school currently based in Van Nuys, California. Set to move to a larger location next year, CHAMPS is again seeking experienced teachers.

CHAMPS is WASC accredited, and had the highest English scores of any high school in Los Angeles County

CHAMPS teachers are part of CALSTRS, and also qualify for full medical benefits

CHAMPS teachers earn between fifty and ninety thousand dollars a year

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American Girl Readings

Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:11 PM EDT

Los Angeles

On June 29, 2007 the Screen Actors Guild Foundation celebrated volunteerism during the Spirit of Service Day at the American Girl Place at The Grove. The event was held to recognize the caring attitude of girls who devote their time to helping others.

To continue championing children’s literacy, the SAG Foundation arranged for young actresses to come to the store to do book readings every hour from the newest American Girl books. Girls were inspired by the animated storytelling from actresses Courtney Taylor Burness, Melissa Feuchtinger, Sammi and Danielle Hanratty and Lauren Storm.

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AN AUTHOR IS BORN...

Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 01:24 PM EDT

Los Angeles

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation celebrated the work of over 250 young newly published authors at the eight annual We The Children event on June 12, 2007. A grant from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dearlers made this all possible! Celebrities including Fox11 anchor Christine Divine, Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Wanda De Jesus (CSI: Miami, Flawless), Pamela Reed (Kindergarten Cop, Jericho), Cameron Monaghan (Click), Malcolm David Kelley (Lost, You Got Served), Matthew Underwood (Zoey 101) and NBA legend BJ Armstrong joined the SAG Foundation and over 1000 family and community members at the Wilshire Ebell Theater to celebrate these young students’ achievements. 5th grade students from Stoner Elementary, Vine St. Elementary, and Lassen Elementary gathered at the theater to receive recognition for their hard work and time spent writing autobiographical books.

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WE THE CHILDREN @ THE PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER

Thursday, October 26 2006 @ 06:26 PM EDT

Los Angeles


Hector Elizondo and We The Children students.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation received a generous contribution of $25,000 from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association for our We the Children autobiography project. We the Children teaches children the value of books and the importance of their own lives by giving them the opportunity to write and illustrate their personal family history. Each story is compiled into a professionally bound hardcover book that the child will have forever.

Esai Morales and Elizabeth Rodriguez from Meller Elementary

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Carver Middle School WTC Celebration

Monday, July 10 2006 @ 07:55 PM EDT

Los Angeles

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation along with Woodcraft Rangers had a great event celebrating the completion of a We the Children program at Carver Middle School.
BookPAL and writing teacher Alexa Hale with Jovanny.

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Tragedy Strikes Pio Pico Span School Family

Friday, July 07 2006 @ 08:08 PM EDT

Los Angeles

Pio Pico Elementary had a tragic event strike one of their families on June 27. Two of their students, Alina 12 and Ivan, 10, lost their mother and 4 year old sister in a fire at their small bungalow unit. Additionally, the fire destroyed everything, but literally the clothes on their backs.

Attached at the end of this story is the article from the LA Times which appeared the day after the fire. The school and surrounding community is trying to help this family put their lives back together. Whatever help you, your families and colleagues could offer would make such a difference for them.

Checks can be made payable to Pio Pico Span School PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Assoc.) with Cruz Sánchez on the memo line. 100% of the donations will go directly to the family. There are absolutely no administrative costs involved.

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BOOKS on PlanetEsme

Friday, July 07 2006 @ 07:14 PM EDT

Los Angeles

Esme is a book rock star. She has a great website and is a fabulous resource for all things book. Read on to find out more...

Hello there, friends of PlanetEsme.com!

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In the spirit of the Bookroom where cookies have no calories, this special reading diet of the best new titles in children’s literature will allow you to consume as many books as you want and never gain a pound!

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