January 19, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Edison Elementary 25th Anniversary Party Tonight:

Twenty-five years ago Santa Monica’s Edison Elementary School was on life support. There were those in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District who were convinced it should simply be allowed to die.

Fast forward to tonight: 250 guests are expected at Edison Language Academy’s First Annual All Class Reunion, a celebration to mark the 25th Anniversary of the school’s award-winning dual immersion program.

After decades of serving a close-knit, diverse and working-class neighborhood, Edison in the 1980s was a school struggling to survive. Declining enrollment due to shifting demographics, low test scores and the lingering impact of the 10 freeway construction — left the school operating at half its capacity.

But parents and local activists wanted to preserve a school in the neighborhood and asked the SMMUSD board of education to appoint a task force to find a way to create an integrated school with a rigorous academic program. The task force proposed a dual immersion program that would enroll a diverse student population from across the district and the surrounding area.

With a nod from the SMMUSD Board, Edison became one of California’s first dual immersion programs. Support from the U.S. Department of Education helped train teachers, acquire bilingual curriculum, develop the program and infuse technology. Soon, the entire school became a dual immersion program and SMMUSD made the commitment of growing the program one grade at a time, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

By the mid-90s, applications for Kindergarten seats outstripped Edison’s capacity, and today residents from all income levels throughout Santa Monica vie for the few choice spots. Since 1987, more than 2,000 students have been promoted from Edison’s fifth grade, moving on to aligned dual immersion programs at John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School.

Lori Orum, Edison principal since 2006, said the school is a genuine family.

“We have teachers here who attended as students, and parents who attended here 20 years ago whose children are current Edison students,” Orum said.

The All Class Reunion not only marks the 25th anniversary of this unique program, but is the final chance for alumni to return to the campus of their childhood. A new school is being built on the Edison site and by next year, the old building will be demolished — leaving only the fond memories of the past quarter century.

According to event organizers, alumni of all ages and their families, teachers, and school officials from throughout the school’s history will gather to renew acquaintances, sample fare from local celebrity chefs, and dedicate a time capsule.

The time capsule will be sealed later this year after alumni, current students and teachers insert messages to future Edison students and tokens of today’s popular culture.

Once sealed, the time capsule will remain locked and on display in the school’s new library building, to be opened by the 5th Grade class of 2037at Edison’s 50th Anniversary.

Edison Language Academy, will hold its 25th Anniversary All Class Reunion from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave. in Santa Monica. Free parking at the Venice Family Clinic across from school entrance on Pico Blvd. For more information and to RSVP to the reunion, call Patrick at 801.201.4809 or by email at Reunion@EdisonAmigos.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to Turn Amber as Part of Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Pacific Park joins nationwide COVID-19 memorial Tuesday night By Chad Winthrop The Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel will light up...

City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission: Santa Monica Beat – January, 17, 2021

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Intention to Run for L.A. County Supervisor

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

State rep. looking to replace Sheila Kuehl in 2022 By Sam Catanzaro With incumbent Supervisor Sheila Kuehl signaling she won’t...

Man Jumps to Death at Santa Monica Place

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Man jumps off parking structure in Monday suicide  By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide Monday after jumping off...