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In Focus: Parent Involvement

Leo Politi's parent involvement can be described in one word: organic. From the moment volunteer parent valets greet students as they arrive in the morning until the last parents pick up their ...more

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Leo Politi Grade 5 Students Visit UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block personally welcomed the Grade 5 students of Leo Politi Elementary to his campus on Friday, January 24, 2014.  Chancellor Block originally met them at Leo Politi's campus during UCLA Volunteer Day on September 24, 2013 and graciously invited them to visit him on his campus.

Dr. Block walked over to Dickson Plaza from his office to welcome the students and interact with them.  He took the time to answer the students' questions involving the responsibilities of leading such a large university and the road to college.  After visiting with Chancellor Block, the students picknicked under the oaks on the lawn.  Then they divided into smaller groups so they could explore the campus with UCLA undergraduate students leading the way.

The students could not believe there are more than 8 million volumes in Powell Library, or that any book not found there can ordered and delivered from another UC campus overnight.  The students were fascinated by Royce Hall's magnificent architecture.  Many students said they felt like they were attending UCLA as they walked along Bruin Walk alongside the college students.

Most importantly, as the day progressed the students' questions became more and more focused.  In fact, as the tour was near its conclusion the young students were asking their tour guides what they could do now as fifth-graders to help them on the road to a university such as UCLA.  In this way Dr. Block's hospitality--and that of his students--made an important and lasting impact on the Leo Politi Grade 5 students.

Thank you to Chancellor Block, his team at UCLA and all the students who made January 24 a day our students will never forget.

Today: 4/17/14