North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative Dedicates Banners to Jordan High School Scholars

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In banner dedication ceremony, Ninth District Councilmember Rex Richardson and LBUSD Board Member Megan Kerr announce recommendations to assist Jordan High School students with college readiness opportunities.

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Media contact:  Tedric Williams, tedric.williams@longbeach.gov, (562) 570-6137                            

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

North Long Beach leaders dedicate banners of Jordan High School graduates as part of North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative

 In banner dedication ceremony, Ninth District Councilmember Rex Richardson and LBUSD Board Member Megan Kerr announce recommendations to assist Jordan High School students with college readiness opportunities. 

Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board Member Megan Kerr acknowledged Jordan High School college and armed forces-bound graduates and announced recommendations to support youth headed to college and/or career paths. College readiness is one of four main areas of focus for the North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative formed in October 2014. 

The North Long Beach Whole Village College Readiness Task Force consists of selected community leaders and city staff who designed innovative ways to increase college awareness, and help youth continue on to college and career paths.  Over the course of the past six months, members of the College Readiness Task Force crafted two recommendations to place a greater focus on enriching the lives of students and families in the North Long Beach area.  The two recommendations are: 1) To host a series of programs around college readiness and trade career paths, including information on planning for your child’s future, how to obtain scholarships and apply for financial aid, and college and trade school fairs; and 2) To recognize our college-bound scholars 

Today, Councilmember Richardson and School Board Member Kerr recognized Jordan High School scholars in a bold new way.  Street light banners were installed near the school with Jordan graduates who are attending four-year universities or the U.S. Armed Forces. 

“The Long Beach community celebrates 150 college and US Armed Forces bound graduates of Jordan High School,” said Councilmember Richardson. “The City’s installation of these banners recognizes years of hard work and dedication to excellence, and allows the whole community to join us in extending our congratulations.” 

“We are proud to honor these Jordan students. These banners allow the community to see what we already know is true, that our students are serious about their education and are college bound,” said LBUSD Board Member Kerr.  

The street light banners celebrate the achievements of North Long Beach students, and show the community’s continued support of all students.  The banners are featured on Atlantic Avenue, between South Street and Artesia Boulevard, and across Artesia Boulevard., between Atlantic Avenue and Brayton Street.  

“This is a clear message that our children are mindful of the importance of academics and have a vision for their future,” said Jordan High School Principal Shawn Ashley.  “In addition, the children who walk our streets will see the banners and say to themselves I, too, will go to college and be a success.”  

For more information about the North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative, visit www.insidedistrict9.com/nlb_wholevillage 

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In 2014, Councilmember Rex Richardson was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach in District 9, becoming the youngest in the City's recent history to have served in that role.  While he is one of the City’s newest Councilmembers, he has built an accomplished track record in advocating for the most vulnerable residents and youth, while keeping communities safe and healthy, with initiatives like Participatory Budgeting and the North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative. 

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