A wonderful educational collaboration between Inner City Arts and Para Los Niños Charter School has now resulted in the involvement of the DID BID Safety Patrol to escort the students between the two facilities. Para Los Niños is located at 835 Stanford, and to attend the enriched arts classes at Inner City Arts, located at 720 Kohler, they must walk several blocks crossing several busy intersections.
As Anisha Hamdan, ICA Program Manager indicated, “Para Los Niños informed us that they wanted to enrich each and every elementary and middle school class with arts experiences this school year. And they said that they would walk the students here.” Classes have been enrolled in art forms including Visual Arts, Media Arts, Animation, Mixed Arts, Music, Drama, Creativity Lab, Textile Printing, Urban Dance, Mixed Arts and Ceramics depending on grade level.
Given the fact that over 100 students would be walking in this busy and potentially risky area, the DID BID offered its Bike Patrol to escort the classes to Inner City Arts and then back to Para Los Niños. The officers bike ahead to the intersections to ensure all students cross safely and stay with the group. They also help the teachers monitor the students to keep them walking on the sidewalks, not in the street.
DID BID Executive Director Estela Lopez noted, “this arrangement between the DID BID and our area students is a great example of how we work not only for safety of our most vulnerable young residents, but also how our resources can be put to work to help them access the resources they need for the fullest education possible.”