Assemblyman Gatto Presents $5,000 Check to Ms. Concebida and Thomas Starr King Middle School

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Presents $5,000 Check to Thomas Starr King Middle School after Securing Major Technology Grant

Los Angeles, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) presented a $5,000 check to Los Angeles' Thomas Starr King Middle School today. The funding, from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, will be used to purchase iPad minis and eBooks to update the library collection and technology at the school. In August, at the Assemblyman's request, and after a review of the school's qualifications, the Barona Band of Mission Indians awarded the middle school a "Barona Education Grant." Assemblyman Gatto's nomination focused on Thomas Starr King's commitment to academic excellence and need for access to updated technology.

"API scores at Thomas Starr King are way up, and we are all proud. One of the reasons King Middle School has done so well is teachers like Claudia Concebida, who works after hours to apply for grants for her classroom," said Gatto. "Today, along with the Barona Band of Mission Indians, I was happy to present a grant award to Ms. Concebida and her students."

This is the third major grant that Gatto has secured for a Los Angeles-area school. Previous grants include funding for a community garden for the students of College View Elementary School, and a new computer lab for Columbus Elementary School. "I have always considered philanthropy a duty of those who are able," said Gatto. "I thank Barona for stepping in to supply these children with the tools for learning in the 21st Century."

The Barona Education Grant program was established to help create strong education opportunities for the children of California. Their first grant was given in 2002 to create the Barona Indian Charter School to serve impoverished tribal children and the children of their employees and neighbors.

"The new tablets and eBooks will provide our local students with the necessary technology to help them excel in the current tech-centric environment," said Gatto.

Thomas Starr King Middle School is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and serves grades six through eight. It has been recognized for continuous improvement and high academic standards including two "magnet model of excellence awards," and a rise of more 126 points in API scores in the last three years.

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the California State Assembly. He represents Burbank, Glendale, La CaƱada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake.