We have in our community a gem that many of us may not be aware of, the Community Magnet School at 11301 Bellagio Road. Magnet Schools are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District's system, each having a particular focus intended to appeal to the interests and needs of the City's diverse population. Our Magnet School offers a K-5 program to about 400 students. Its academic focus is on the humanities.
The school has a program called CATCH, Caring Adults Teaching Children How. It is a mentoring program where volunteers work with a singlestudent on a continuous basis one hour per week, helping the student reach his or her full potential. And there's no catch to it. An hour of your time can make a huge difference on a child's life. That is a terrific return on investment.
Started in 1995, the program was awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office on ChildDevelopment and Education. In recognition of the benefit that positive adult role models have on student achievement, the staff of the CATCH program seeks to match concerned community members with selected students who would benefit from ongoing individual attention and academic tutoring. A goal of the program is to expand it to provide mentor relationships to every child at the School. This is a well recognized program that is held up as model throughout the City. In 1999 it was one of only two elementary schools in Los Angeles chosen as a California Distinguished School and in 2000 it honored by the President at a White House ceremony.