826LA Field Trips Awarded $15k from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

This January, our neighbors at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation have generously awarded 826LA $15,000 to support our Field Trips program!

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) works to significantly impact underserved youth in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of Los Angeles. This $15,000 LADF grant will fund a year’s worth of 826LA Field Trips publications.

826LA’s Field Trips program invites classes from LAUSD schools to participate in completely free, writing-based, and Common Core-aligned Field Trips. While it takes some writers a lifetime to become published authors, 826LA Field Trips give classes the unique experience of turning student writers into published authors in just three hours.

826LA’s partnership with the LADF will support 5,000 lucky LAUSD students who will enter 826LA writing labs as writers and walk out as published authors!

One lucky class of local fourth grade students at Para Los Niños even had the chance to brainstorm characters and write parts of their 826LA Field Trips story alongside Los Angeles Dodgers players Alex Wood and Ross Stripling and their wives as part of the Dodgers Love LA Community Tour 2018.

Together, the students and baseball players published their book “Elizabeth the Magical Unicorn and the Zombie Apocalypse.” Inspired by their storytelling guests, students wove the tale of Elizabeth Wood, a magical unicorn with zombie-spotting glasses, a rainbow horn, and a birthmark in the shape of the Los Angeles Dodgers logo who lives in the woods outside of Dodgers Stadium in our neighborhood of Echo Park.

Thank you to Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, 826LA volunteers, and our friends at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Bank of America, and Para Los Niños for making this special 826LA Field Trip possible!

Above all, an extra big (i.e. Dodger dog-sized big) thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their incredible support and generosity!

Check out more photos from our Dodgers x 826LA Field Trip on our Flickr here.

Learn more about our Field Trips program and get involved as a volunteer here

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