Hoops Travels to Jefferson Elementary

Bruce English at Jefferson Elementary School

June 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- As the 2011-12 school year came to an end in May, the LMU men's basketball team had one more competition on their hands. This one was a challenge from the fifth grade students of Jefferson Elementary School.

The LMU Men's Basketball team and its community service initiative LMU Cares, has been instrumental in providing alternative education programs and activities to local elementary students. In May, the Lions initiated a new partnership with fifth grade students at Jefferson in Lennox, CA.

During the visit, members from the team and coaching staff played an interactive game of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" with the students. The questions covered a wide area of fifth grade curriculum such as science, social studies and grammar. There were additional fun facts and questions from categories like television and movie stars, music and basketball.

"The game was a great way to interactively connect the team with the fifth graders in a fun and educational way", said Porcha Dodson, Founder of Project Knapsack. "At times, it was hilarious to see some of the guys really focus to get the question correct, but in a quirky, competitive way".

During the game, everyone enjoyed a lunch of fresh brothers pizza, juice and homemade chocolate chip cookies. " I always like coming to visit the kids", says Lions Freshman Bruce English.

The new partnership is an extension of LMU Cares' long-standing relationship with Project Knapsack Inc. Project Knapsack is an international pen pal and back pack program that partners students in the United States with their peers in Africa. The organization delivers thousands of knapsacks filled with school supplies to students throughout Africa and within the local Los Angeles community.

LMU Cares will continue to expand its community service efforts by working with more students and teachers throughout the great Los Angeles area. For more information about Project Knapsack you can visit www.projectknapsack.org.





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