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Stay Late And Graduate

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty --  in partnership with Beyond the Bell -- present: STAY LATE AND GRADUATE -- A campaign to promote the importance of after school programs (ASP) in Los Angeles.

 
The LA Kings and Beyond the Bell (BTB) are committed to giving all students access to high quality, safe and supervised educational, enrichment and recreational programs that engage and inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. BTB serves approximately 160,000 kids and their parents at all LAUSD schools. Statistics continue to reflect the positive outcomes that participation in after school programs have on kids: decrease in drop‐out rates, increases in attendance, grades and graduation rates.
 
That is why the Kings and Beyond the Bell have selected eight local LAUSD elementary schools to participate in the LA Kings Street Knights Program. Albion Elementary School, Hoover Elementary School, Leo Politi Elementary School, Plasencia Elementary School, Rosemont Elementary School, Sheridan Elementary School, Trinity Elementary School and Union Elementary School all recently received a complete set of street hockey equipment including, goalie nets, goalie equipment, hockey sticks and rubber balls.
 
For nine consecutive weeks, the schools will perfect their street hockey skills after school with help from Kings staff, alumni and players. The program will conclude on April 2 with a street hockey tournament between the schools in front of STAPLES Center at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live.
 
Following the tournament, all participants will enjoy the Kings live in action as they take on the Edmonton Oilers. All tickets for the children have been purchased by Doughty, who has rewarded more than 800 students from the program all year long with tickets to Kings home games once a month during the 2011-12 season. Students were selected based on their success in the classroom.
 
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Pope at (310)535-4466 or jpope@lakings.com.
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