PJ Drive 2018 Parents LetterEverest Value School’s founding kindergarten class is now in the fourth grade. During their four years at the school, each student and their classroom teachers have worked to empower the students to give back. And this year is no exception. 

Ms. Wilcox has worked with her fourth grade class to sponsor a Pajama Drive for those in need this holiday season.

“When the weather gets cold and rainy,” reminds Ms. Wilcox, “it is important to remember not everyone is fortunate enough to have cozy pajamas to keep them warm and dry!”

The fourth grade students spent the week traveling from classroom to classroom, convincing others to support their campaign. 

Every Everest Value classroom donated new pajamas for needy children and adults – 95 sets in all! And because Scholastic is donating one book for every set of pajamas donated, Everest Value now has 95 soon-to-arrive new reading opportunities for every student at Everest Value. 

Congratulations to Ms. Wilcox’s fourth grade class for a successful campaign and for demonstrating Value 5. You are all helping others and making a better world!

Looking forward to Giving Tuesday and steeped in a shared commitment and history, students from Value Schools focus today on giving back.
 
Sixty students from our schools are currently serving over 300 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need at Angelica Lutheran Church.
 
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The practice of giving back on Thanksgiving began in 2003, when Rev. Carlos Paiva of Angelica Lutheran Church generously provided classroom space to Central City Value in its first year of operation.

As our school community has grown, giving back has become a tradition at Value Schools. University Prep Value High School, Downtown Value School, and Everest Value School have joined their peers from Central City Value to give back to their Pico Union families and neighbors.

Value Schools CEO David Doyle reflected on the commitment he made to Rev. Carlos and his community in 2006. 

"We are grateful for their support," said Doyle, "and we serve each year because we want students to remember the kindness given to them and then to 'pay it forward.' Without the support of Rev. Carlos over the years, Central City Value High School would not exist today."

Alumni return each season to do just that. Jennifer G., an alumnus from Downtown Value in 2007, Central City Value in 2011, and graduate from California State University, Northridge in 2015 said, "I continue to volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to give back to my community and because I enjoy helping others. It's very rewarding seeing how happy the families get when we serve them a thanksgiving dinner."

We wish you well during this holiday season, and thank you for the support you have shown Value Schools today, every day, and on Giving Tuesday!

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girlpicEach day and every day, we at Value Schools know the importance of giving!

And we know giving begins with the discovery of our skills, talents and passions.

"When I was younger, I could only sing for my family," says Yulissa, a 7th grade student at Everest Value School. "But now that I've come to this school, I can speak to my entire class. If it wasn't for music, I'd never have the confidence to do that."

Yulissa spent the last two years in the EVS Music Program at Everest Value School, and it has changed the way she communicates, studies and sees her education.

"My dream now is to become a singer," Yulissa says, smiling. "I want to finish school and go to a university. And then I want to teach music to kids. If I can share music, it will make them feel more passionate and more confident - just like I am now."


See the impact of the Value Schools Music Program on Yulissa, a 7th grade student from Everest Value School.

Value Schools aims to surround our students with caring and inspiring adults who cultivate students' personal potential and self-worth.

Join us on this Giving Tuesday as we celebrate those who give back to the communities in which they live, work and thrive. Help Yulissa and students just like her on their journeys of discovery by supporting the EVS Music Program.

"It feels good when you find something you love to do, especially when it makes you more confident." Yulissa reminds us. "And everyone should have a little music in their lives."

Thank you for giving your time, resources, and skills to amplify what is possible and to improve what makes us stronger!

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Join us on this Giving Tuesday – and every day! – and help support Yulissa and the Value Schools Music Program!

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During the last weekend in October, the senior class of 111 students from University Prep Value High School experienced the Virtus Arete Senior Retreat in Big Bear, California.

Started at Central City Value High School in 2007, the four-day retreat was originally modeled after the Catholic youth retreat program entitled Kairos. Value Schools secularized major components of the retreat and now provides a sustained and focused retreat experience for students, faculty and staff.

Since its inception, every graduating senior from Value Schools can participate in this unique, four-day experience. Now poised with its first graduating senior class, University Prep Value School is joining its students with the pantheon of alumni that have come before.

Grounded and framed by the five values, the designed exercises help students reflect on their lives by examining their choices, their relationships, and their self-perceptions. The students contemplate their personal and educational prospects, and imagine how the values can be used to accomplish greater goals.

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The gathering helps remind us we are stronger together, and that by trusting ourselves and our colleagues, we can make a better future – together.

Orientation Day!On the second Wednesday of September, Value Schools Orientation Team volunteers held the Second Annual Orientation Night for new staff members and faculty.

With a good meal and good cheer, Value Schools veterans spent an evening imparting our vision and mission to our newest colleagues, explaining how we teach and model the values every day.

Janelle Sagrero, alumna of Downtown Value and Central City Value, was a perfect choice to explain how the values influenced her to pursue higher education and dedicate her life to giving back. After graduating from University of California Irvine, Janelle has returned to teach Senior Seminar at University Prep Value High School!

Discussion, role play, games, and the testimonials of teachers, students and parents from each of our four schools demonstrated the power of the values to create exceptional schools and exceptional lives.

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Value Schools thanks the dedicated teachers who led the event: Vanessa Navarro and Laura Oh from University Prep Value, and Lauren Norman and Taylor Willcox from Everest Value. It was a wonderful evening!

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At the start of every school year, Value Schools holds a "Formation Day" to inspire leaders, teachers, and staff from all four campuses. This year, through the courtesy of Everest Value's neighbor, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, we had a beautiful site for our gathering.

In his keynote address, Board Chair Grant Cambridge shared the story of his own life journey and how he sees it reflected in the lives of so many of our students. He reminded us that we are stronger together, especially when we live the values each and every day.

Mr. Cambridge introduced the whole Value Schools community to We Climb – our campaign to raise funds for an Everest Value School campus - and stressed that each campus and every teacher will have a role in making the campaign a success.

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Formation Day also celebrated Value Schools veterans who have worked together for more than ten years to inspire students and make our community stronger. Reflecting Value Schools' pride in this growing cadre of "old hands" - teachers, administrators, our CEO, and even Mr. Cambridge himself, each veteran received a Value Schools ten-year pin emblazoned with the fitting term "commitment."

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
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221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223