In partnership with UNIFY Financial Credit Union and City Year Los Angeles (CYLA)the Los Angeles Rams conducted a school beautification project at Woodworth-Monroe K-8 Academy in the Inglewood Unified School District.
“Community members who share our love for Inglewood Unified and the LA area make a big difference to the children who come through our doors, generation after generation,” said Stuart Caldwell, principal of Woodworth-Monroe Academy. “We are so blessed and fortunate to have such wonderful partnerships with the LA Rams, City Year AmeriCorps and UNIFY. We have a 68 year history here and the children who have seen the building as it has been for many generations now see so many people who bring such positive energy to put in beautiful markers on the walls.It’s the kind of stuff that touches our hearts.
Rams cornerback David Long Jr., legend Chris Draft, mascot Rampage and volunteers painted murals on campus walls to inspire students as they return to in-person learning after the pandemic.
“There’s a quote, ‘The highest human act is to inspire,’ and I think that’s really important because you can be inspired in different ways,” Long said. “It doesn’t just have to come through football. It can be as simple as knowing the Rams are here, back in the schools. It can inspire someone to go beyond.”
With service at the heart of both organizations, the Rams and UNIFY Financial Credit Union have continually collaborated on ways to make a positive difference in the Los Angeles community through initiatives such as local awareness events and joint service days. Staff. UNIFY Financial Credit Union is a leading national credit union and the official credit union of the Los Angeles Rams.
“The best part of our partnership with the Rams is in all of the initiatives we take on. We are better together as a community. When we all work together cohesively, we can create a better world,” said Lisa Otomo, UNIFY Financial Credit Union Chief Marketing Officer. “We don’t know what everyone else is going through, and I think we need inspiration wherever we go. We don’t walk for everyone else, so whenever we can provide a level of inspiration to anyone, that’s fine. do as humans do.”
CYLA is driven by a heart of service and partners with public schools to help students stay in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools and prepare students with the social, emotional, and academic skills necessary for success. Additionally, City Year plans and executes school beautification projects with its partners to create more inspiring spaces where students can learn and grow.
“There is a great group of people who are dedicated to our community,” said Sandra Cano, executive director of City Year Los Angeles. “All together, as one, we can create a huge impact because we need it. These are really difficult times, especially with the pandemic, with the mental health issues we are seeing in our communities and our schools, we let’s all work as a village together to help our city.”
The school beautification project builds on the long-standing partnership between the Rams and CYLA to increase access to learning environments and resources in communities most affected by systemic inequities so that students can thrive in school and in life. As part of the Rams’ commitment to addressing educational inequity, the organization funded City Year Student Success Teams throughout the school year at Grape Street Elementary in Watts and Crozier Middle School in Inglewood. Rams-funded Student Success Teams are City Year AmeriCorps members who serve as tutors, mentors, and role models who help students and support teachers. The Rams and CYLA have also completed school beautification projects at Crozier Middle School and Dymally High School in Watts.
To learn more about Rams community efforts, please visit www.therams.com/community.