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April 30, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
A splash of yellow here. A touch of green there. And plenty of blue for the sky. A colorful mural depicting children, houses and trees was unveiled Thursday at Bassett Street Elementary School. The mural, painted on a outside wall by 19 students in second- through fourth-grade, was part of an arts program that doubled as a lesson in literacy. "Fine arts aren't taken seriously, but they can be used to improve literacy," said Principal Jan Pickett.
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November 17, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 14-year-old Van Nuys Middle School student stabbed another 14-year-old student near the school Wednesday afternoon, and the victim was hospitalized in extremely critical condition, authorities said. Witnesses said the attacker ran up behind the victim as he walked home from school and stabbed him once in the leg at the intersection of Erwin Street and Cedros Avenue in Van Nuys, said Los Angeles Police Detective John Edwards.
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May 3, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Ashlea Adelegan, regally draped in a flowing skirt, tunic and headdress of embroidered purple silk, looked like an African princess as she took part in an international festival Friday on the playground at Van Nuys Middle School. The 13-year-old student body president, whose parents are Nigerian and African American, presided over the second annual daylong festival sponsored by the school's Student Body Leadership Council to promote cultural awareness among students.
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November 21, 1995 | KATE FOLMAR
Three new murals and about 50 flowering plants greeted students at the Erwin Street Elementary School on Monday--the result of a volunteer-driven weekend cleanup of the school's exterior. From raking to sweeping, planting to painting, about 60 volunteers from the community, Universal Studios and the school spruced up the campus to boost morale among the 1,000 students accustomed to seeing graffiti and patchy grass at school.
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December 6, 1995
Before the lemon-yellow school bus bearing the blue C-SPAN logo arrived at Millikan Middle School in Van Nuys, eighth-grader Lupe Romo hadn't even heard of the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, let alone watched it. But after touring the 45-foot-long television studio on wheels and seeing the three television cameras, the eight-channel audio board, the fax machine, the studio lights and the two laser disc players, Lupe delivered a verdict. "It's cool," she said.
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March 30, 1995
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday that two more boys have claimed they were molested by an elementary school teacher charged with abusing seven other students. The boys, ages 12 and 14, made the allegations against Jeffrey Herbert Raker, 47, who taught at Hazeltine Avenue School until earlier this month, said Los Angeles Police Detective Raul Galindo.
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January 30, 2001 | GRACE E. JANG
The boy who cried "wolf," the tortoise and his arrogant competitor the hare, and Snow White have something in common. They're all part of the magical world of books, according to actors with a new children's literacy program who took that message Monday afternoon to 200 second-graders at Erwin Street Elementary School. "Let's open our books and fly through the air," rapped Matt Dagle, as students cheered him on. "Hold on to your magic carpets and let's go!"
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January 4, 1994 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freshly returned from winter break, second-grade teacher Janet Hernandez arrived early at Erwin Street School on Monday, ready to jump into a brand-new year. Instead, she walked into a disaster zone. Books, crayons and scissors littered her classroom floor. A tape player was broken and a phonograph missing. Even a pile of human feces was left in front of a cupboard. "I was just devastated," Hernandez said. "It was very hard to take a look around and see the wanton vandalism of the whole thing."
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February 2, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER and JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Van Nuys school principal sent letters home to parents on Wednesday warning them to look out for a possible molester who might be approaching students near several campuses in Van Nuys and Sun Valley. Gault Street Elementary School Principal John Kinnon said he received a telephone call from a woman Wednesday who said she saw a man sitting in a red Toyota watching students on the school playground.
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April 30, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
To a defense and electronics company, a 5-year-old computer is a clumsy dinosaur nearing the end of its useful life. To a poor child, it is a treasure. That is the thinking that led Victor Rios, president of ITT Gilfillan, a Van Nuys company that makes radar for commercial and military uses, to start a computer-training program for children from Langdon Avenue Elementary School in North Hills. When the five-week pilot program is finished, 10 children will take their computers home to keep.
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