Setting a good example at Norwood Elementary: Leaders emerge from the Magnolia community initiative in Los Angeles
At Norwood Elementary School in Los Angeles, children learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic as their parents lay the foundations for building a community of hope.
A relaxed group of parents congregates each school day inside a Norwood classroom set aside expressly for them. On an unseasonably cool March morning, a few industrious mothers cut shamrocks out of green construction paper, stringing together garlands to decorate the hallways for St. Patrick’s Day. Another mom knits quietly while other parents engage in a lively conversation in Spanish, smiling and laughing the hours away.
The moments may seem mundane, yet they are profound. At Norwood Elementary and other venues within a five-square-mile area southwest of downtown Los Angeles, seeds of progress are taking root through the Magnolia Community Initiative. The initiative is a national model for mobilizing residents and organizational partners to build a community culture that can sustain strong families and keep children safe.