Speaker Pérez Marks the School Year with Campus Beautification, School Supply Donations

Chancellor Block, UCLA Volunteers, K to College Join in Transforming Leo Politi Street Elementary While Handing Out Essential School Supplies

LOS ANGELES, California – For the third consecutive year, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, 200 UCLA student volunteers and K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson to beautify a local elementary school and dispense more than $53,000 worth of school supplies to children in the MacArthur Park, Pico Union and Westlake areas to help them prepare for the coming school year. This year the team gathered at Leo Politi Elementary School in Los Angeles.


The event was a partnership among Speaker Pérez, K to College and UCLA’s Volunteer Day program and stands as part of a larger school supply and volunteer activism effort throughout Southern California.

“Today’s giveaway is about more than just making sure our kids have the best possible start to the school year—although that is certainly a very important goal,” Speaker Pérez said. “Today is about celebrating and honoring our community. Every single one of us will benefit by making sure that students have a quality, decent education—by making sure they have the tools they need to do their work, and that they have a school that they can be proud of. And each of us—dedicated teachers, hardworking parents, and every member of the community—must be invested in making sure these students get the support they need to envision excellence and exceed expectations.”

Last week marked the 5th annual UCLA Volunteer Day, with 52 volunteer sites scattered throughout Southern California—7 of which are held in the 53rd Assembly District.

K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose school supply initiatives are the largest efforts of their kind in the United States, providing essential resources to tens of thousands of students. Last year, they hosted a similar event at Breed Street Elementary School.

California Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez speaks to an assembly at Leo Politi Elementary School in Los Angeles.

California Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez speaks to an assembly at Leo Politi Elementary School in Los Angeles.