Friday, December 23, 2016

Toy drive for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

This year for Christmas, our students at the Language Systems Orange County campus organized the second annual toy drive for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). We set up a Christmas tree at the front desk, and many students brought new toys to be donated to the hospital. Day after day they placed these toys by the Christmas tree.  We had an amazing collection of toys!  

On Saturday, December 17 Ty, the program coordinator, delivered all the toys to the children's hospital. These toys will be used throughout the upcoming year to bring joy and encouragement to the children who have to battle many kinds of health challenges. Thank you so much to the students of Language Systems - Orange County for making this year's toy drive a huge success!

 By Ty Mussack, Program Coordinator at OC

Monday, December 19, 2016

Torrance Art Museum

Last week, students joined teacher Corey for lunch at Wahoo's and walked over to the Torrance art museum. Here's what happened:

It was the first time for most of the students to try Mexican food & they loved it! Wahoo's is a great "gateway" Mexican restaurant since it's sort of a fusion on Mexican, Hawaiian, and Asian style foods. There's something for everyone there!

After lunch we walked over to the Torrance Art Museum. It's so close to our school! 

I can't believe we've never been here before! We saw the South Bay Focus exhibition featuring local professional and amateur artists. 

We had our own private tour & learned a lot about the local art community. 

Afterwards, we went to the nearby Pine Wind Garden to relax & see the koi fish (the Japanese students were surprised that we also say "koi" in English). 

It was very peaceful, and a great place to unwind after our tests. 

 By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Holiday Season in Redondo Beach

December 1st kicks off the Holiday Season in Redondo Beach! 

Teacher Corey took students to the Corner Bakery Cafe for a casual dinner, hot cocoa, coffee, and desserts, then the group walked over to Riviera Village in Redondo Beach to join their annual "Holiday Stroll."

The streets in this cute shopping area are closed just for this event. The shops are all open and it's a great chance to get to know this neighborhood. 

There was a Christmas parade featuring local high schools, community groups, and much more! Santa Claus also made an appearance! 

The students were so happy to celebrate the holidays in Redondo Beach's Riviera Village! I think we'll go back for brunch in the spring!

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB