The students worked for a year to develop programs to benefit the community.
“We met over the summer, brainstormed projects that they wanted to conduct through the year. We came up with three core projects,” said Mona Walker, English Arts teach and Jefferson Awards Advisor.
- There was a Family STEAM night at Washington Elementary to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts in education. Compton Early College has also adopted Washington and will have another event there in the near future.
- The students conceived and conducted a clothing drive for two convalescent care facilities: Imperial Crest Healthcare and Manchester Manor.
- They also started an awareness campaign at the school making students aware of the importance of community service.
“This achievement if a prime example of why I worked so hard to start the early college program,” said Satra Zurita, Compton School Board President. “It shows when our students are challenged they can achieve literally anything. We are proud of them and how well they represent the best of Compton.”
The Jefferson Foundation honors outstanding Americans who are making a difference and inspiring others to act in the public interest.
“This award is not just about academics, but also indicates how we are helping developing socially conscious community members,” added Zurita who is on the Los Angeles Board of Directors of the Jefferson Foundation. “The importance of educating the whole children cannot be underestimated.”
The Compton Early College students are eligible to participate for a national award in Washington D.C.
Acting Principal Mattie Robertson praised the students and Ms. Walker for an enthusiasm that has lasted for more than a year.
“We’re really excited that our students did so well, especially for a new school. These projects have touched so many lives in the community. We’re so proud.”