More than 500 children and families came out to the second annual Día de la Niñez event hosted by Reclaim Our Schools LA coalition partners. The event at the Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Students Magnet School campus showcased the school’s green spaces and enrichment opportunities made possible by families, educators, and the local community joining together. This week, Valley Oaks Magnet School opened a Dream Center to support students who are undocumented in reaching their goals inside and outside of the classroom.

Families got to tour the school’s H.O.P.E. garden, enjoy student performances, listen to live mariachi and folkloric groups, and connect with dozens of local community organizations.

An opportunity like the Día de la Niñez event gives families a chance to connect with educators and community groups to build up a strong coalition against charter companies vying to co-locate school campuses and drain school resources.