Home of the C.H.A.M.P.S. (College-Headed and Mighty Proud Students), Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary is located in Watts and is led by Principal Melanie Edmond. The school is named after Olympic runner and former student Florence Griffith Joyner, and feeds into Markham Middle School. Griffith Joyner has three small learning communities, allowing for specialized instruction to better meet the educational needs of its student body. The school also received from President Obama’s administration a Turnaround Arts Grant, which is part of a national public-private partnership that leverages the arts to help turn around the nation’s lowest performing schools.
Why We’re Serving
Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School serves nearly 700 students in the Watts community. Through its participation in Turnaround Arts: California, the school is making strides to support its students with an educational focus on the arts. This day of service will help provide an added boost in achieving the academic goals of Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary. We aim to elevate the emphasis on the arts while infusing energy through service to create positive and safe areas for students.
What We’ll Be Doing
Inspire - Painting murals and motivational quotes throughout the school featuring artwork made by the students. Transform - Converting an existing atrium through landscaping and creating a quiet learning area equipped with seating, murals and an area to showcase student artwork. Revitalize - Developing outdoor play spaces with an outdoor stage for student performances, new blacktop games, mobile soccer goals and kid-sized basketball hoops.
We're excited to be joined by volunteers from our partners at CarMax for this day of service.
What To Wear :
Clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes
What To Bring :
Water, sunscreen and a friend!
Parking lot entrance on Wilmington, street parking on 102nd, or overflow parking at the Watts Coffee House (Wilmington/103rd Street)
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