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Announcing the 2014 Fall Essay Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday November 3rd, 2014

ECCLA, with the support of USC Government & Civic Engagement, invites students to submit essays on the theme, “What I want most that money can’t buy.” Students from 6th-8th and 9th- 12th grade are eligible to enter the contest. Cash awards for each category will be given as follows:

  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd Place – $50
  • 3rd Place – $25

Essays must be from 1-3 pages in length, typed on a computer, and include a completed cover sheet with the student’s name, grade, teacher and school. This information must also appear at the top of each page of the essay. Entries must be submitted by Monday, November 3rd by email to or delivered/mailed to:

ECCLA, 2801 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Please see the official flyer and classroom cover page below.

Fall 2014 Essay Contest Flyer

Essay Contest Classroom Cover Sheet

2014 ECCLA Teacher Resource Fair Gallery

On Tuesday, September 30th, ECCLA hosted its annual Teacher Resource Fair. The event was generously hosted at the California Science Center Annenberg Building.

Please Join Us For ECCLA’s Annual Teacher Resource Fair

Once again, we will be partnering with local museum, college, and community resources to host this event for educators. Come meet with their representatives and find out what resources they have to support your students’ education. Additionally, this is a great opportunity to network with fellow educators in Central and South LA!

Teachers, please RSVP with our online form here

Date: September 30th, 2014
Location: Kresa Educator Resource Hall, Wallis Annenberg Building, California Science Center, Exposition Park 
Time: 5-7pm (Please feel free to drop in at any point throughout these two hours.)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Parking: Parking will be provided. You will access the parking lot on Exposition Park Drive off of Figueroa; see red arrow on map below. You will park in the lot highlighted by the red box on the map, and follow the path shown by the green arrows to the Wallis Annenberg Building, where you will check in for the event in the lobby. 


California Science Center Map

Science Center Parking Map

2014 Teacher Awards Gallery

Photos taken by Flip Cassidy

NOW is the time to apply for 2014-2015 bus scholarships to LA area museums

Many museums in the LA area such as the Getty Center, Skirball Cultral Center, and Autry National Center offer bus scholarships to Title I schools. However, space is extremely limited so it is important to apply early to ensure your class will receive one. Many applications opened in early June, so NOW is the time to apply.

Our handy Field Trip Database identifies which museums have scholarships, and information on how to apply. Don’t delay!