epic carnival 2000

May 16, 2000





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Cal State L.A. Celebrates
Literacy and Math Competency
at Year-End Carnival

Los Angeles, CA -- On Saturday, May 20, 2000, the EPIC Office at California State University, Los Angeles will present "Cal State L.A., Here We Come," a year-end carnival celebrating the accomplishments of the 639 children who completed this year's America Reads/America Counts Program. The number of children participating in the Cal State L.A. program has doubled remarkably since last year.

On the day of the carnival, the children and an adult from their family will be transported to the campus. Special fun activities will be available for the children, while educational workshops on literacy and math competency will be offered to the parents. Official certificates of participation will also be presented to the children during the day's event.

The America Reads/America Counts Program--in its third year at Cal State L.A.--is a response to President Clinton's challenge for our nation to come together in addressing the issue of literacy in elementary schools. The America Reads Program works with students in grades K through 3, preparing them to read at grade level by fourth grade. The math component of this program was introduced this year, in order to improve math skills of children in fourth and fifth grades.

The program at Cal State L.A. is currently working with seven different local Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools. Those schools include City Terrace, Hammel and Harrison elementary schools (located near the campus); Ann Street Elementary (near downtown Los Angeles); Loreto Elementary (north east of Los Angeles); Accelerated Elementary (near USC) and 99th Street Elementary (located in South Central Los Angeles).


Cal State L.A. celebrates the accomplishments of the 639 children who completed this year's America Reads/America Counts Program at campus carnival.

Sat., May 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cal State L.A. Reeder Field. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Fwys.

Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser, Councilman Nick Pacheco and Assemblywoman Gloria Romero have been invited to join the festivities.

Call Jorge Uranga or Jennifer Gentle at the Cal State L.A. EPIC Office, (323) 343-3380.


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