CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999 |
Just east of the Terminal Island Freeway, acres of abandoned naval housing surround a small oasis: a few trees, a bit of grass and a flat-top building with cartoon characters on the side. This is the site of a one-room school with an unusual purpose. Mary McLeod Bethune School, part of the Long Beach Unified School District, is the educational home of a changing group of 10 to 20 students in kindergarten through eighth grade who live in shelters, motels, cars or transitional housing.