(Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA) Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Extera Public Schools have been hard at work preparing for the 2nd Annual Boyle Heights History Hike, which takes place on Saturday, June 6. This walking cultural event celebrates the history, art, and culture of the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights, and will begin at 9:00am in Mariachi Plaza with a Zumba warm up.
Then, student-led groups will embark on a walking tour of the neighborhood, stopping at notable community sites that are significant to the area’s history.
“Extera students will be turning each site into a living museum featuring student-created artworks that explore themes of local history and community,” says David Rodriguez, one of the teachers responsible for the creation of this event. “Our students have been involved in an Extera-created curriculum encompassing local history, event planning, and art in conjunction with local artists, local business leaders, as well as USC’s department of history.”
The planned route, which will cover approximately 2.75 miles (with a shorter option available), begins at Mariachi Plaza then moves East along 1st street, before it turns up to Ceasar Chavez Blvd. Along the way, participants will stop at White Memorial Hospital, Candelas Guitars, the Breed Street Shul, Homeboy Industries, and more. The hike will circle back, ending where it began, at Mariachi Plaza, where there will be family-friendly activities, fun live performances, as well as booths featuring representatives from community non-profits and businesses. Community businesses have stepped up to help as well, with contributions from Revolution Foods, Primera Taza, Super King Markets,
Ralph’s/Food 4 Less, Vallarta Markets, and Jessica’s Market.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Extera Public Schools is a tuition-free charter school currently serving grades K-6. The mission of Extera is to ensure the success of children living in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Through a school theme focused on the natural world and the inter-connectedness of all living things, children at
Extera engage in hands-on, minds-on, project-based learning that integrates meaningful connections to nature across subject content areas, including language arts, social studies, science and mathematics, as well as the arts and technology.
For more information, contact: Curtis Rhodes
Director of Communications & Development firstname.lastname@example.org