“It was a great day,” said Inner City Education Foundation CEO Parker Hudnut, who took part in a campus beautification day at View Park middle and high school on Crenshaw Thursday July 25.
About 100 volunteers showed up to clean up and repaint the school for students returning in the fall semester.
“It’s a tribute to our students,’ said Hudnut.
“They really deserve it.”
Hudnut said students who showed up at the event are really excited about the coming semester.
“Our plans with the View Park family of schools are the first step in designing the best facilities for all ICEF’s schools,” said Hudnut.
“This means that our teachers and staff will have the resources they need and our students will have access to world-class facilities, which enables us to keep our focus on academics. Permanent facilities also demonstrate ICEF’s commitment to providing excellent neighborhood schools to the families in the surrounding community.”
Currently, ICEF’s View Park High School (VPHS) and View Park Middle School (VPMS) are located at 5701 S. Crenshaw Blvd. in South Los Angeles. ICEF plans to acquire the current property and expand VPHS at the location using $10.5 million in tax-exempt bond funding through the California School Finance Authority. VPMS will be co-located for the 2013-14 school year at Crenshaw High School. An additional $22 million in tax-exempt bond funding has been approved through the CSFA. This will allow ICEF to develop a permanent facility for VPMS and View Park Elementary School (VPES). ICEF hopes to complete this project for the start of the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 school year, VPES will remain in its current locations.
The campus beautification and community partnership day was a joint effort with Revolution Prep, symbolizing ICEF’s future plans. Revolution Prep provides online tutoring and test preparation solutions to thousands of students across the country. Revolution Prep chose ICEF — to whom it provides classroom blended-learning solutions — for its annual service day due to the network’s history of community engagement, commitment to academic excellence and plan for the View Park family of schools.
“We built Revolution Prep with a social mission that is central to our company’s culture and vision,” said Revolution Prep Co-Founder Jake Neuberg. “As Revolution delivers dynamic, online tutoring and college test prep to thousands of students nationwide, it’s important that we contribute in multiple ways to the communities in which we work.”
“Being able to provide students with a clean and safe environment in which to learn while also helping them achieve their academic goals is truly rewarding, and we are incredibly excited to give back through our Service Project for the sixth year in a row,” said Revolution Prep Co-Founder Ramit Varma.
“We are excited to join forces with the ‘Revolutionaries’ in making VPHS an amazing facility for our students,” said Hudnut. “Thanks to their support and enthusiasm, the efforts of this day will have a lasting positive impact on our students and community.”
The day’s activities included: removal of carpeting throughout the facility; expansion of the fruit, vegetable and flower garden; makeover of a basketball court and rugby field; installation of standing lunch tables; and painting a large mural that will visually communicate VPHS’ identity to the surrounding community. Over the summer the school will also undergo additional construction and renovation, which will include installing new carpeting throughout and repainting the entire facility.
ICEF Public Schools (ICEF), is a network of K-12 charter schools known for sending African American and Latino students from South Los Angeles to some of the top colleges in the country. Last semester, students from the Frederick Douglass and Lou Dantzler campuses participated in a scholarship ceremony where some announced they would be attending colleges like UC Berkley and Cornell University in the fall. Hudnut said ICEF hopes to have permanent homes for all ICEF schools within the next four years.