Weekly roundup: Angel legends promote literacy, Samaritan launches one-man kindness campaign, and more

Former Angel legends Clyde Wright, Rod Carew, Chuck Finley and Bobby Grich hosted more than 100 second-graders at the Diamond Club of Angel Stadium to celebrate the students’ graduation from the Literacy Project’s reading program.

The Newport Beach-based organization promoted reading as a way to help these students from Santa Ana and Anaheim elementary schools increase their scores on standardized assessments.

News graphicThe Daily Pilot chronicled the Angel legends’ involvement with the students and the project.

“We are so proud of all of you young people taking part in this program,” Grich told the Daily Pilot. “Reading is powerful and will give you more opportunities in life.”

The program provides in-classroom, six-week reading instruction at no cost to schools and qualified second-graders. The project has helped more than 6,500 struggling readers throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Daily Pilot reported.

Here are some other news stories from throughout the region for the week ending April 20.

  • OCDE’s Freeway League focuses on participation, teamwork, camaraderie and other skills students can incorporate into the classroom and their overall daily lives. The competitive part of the sports league plays a secondary role.
  • Students at EL Rancho Charter School in Anaheim spent much of the week baking and decorating cakes. They finished work for guests and a panel of judges. Cake decoration themes ran the gamut — from Earth Day to princesses.
  • Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago when the same question was asked. A full 90 percent said candidates’ positions on education are important to them.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California’s Californians & Education surveyed voters across the state to determine the impact that K-12 education will play in the race for governor.
  • The California State University system announced Friday that it will not raise tuition in 2018. System leaders have determined that, instead of greater tuition, it is in California’s best interest for the state to provide sufficient funding to support student access, achievement and degree completion.

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