Dixie Canyon Elementary

Spring 1982
Sherman Oaks, CA

As a part of our senior program, I volunteered at Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary School (Los Angeles Unified School District) during my senior year at Harvard. Most of the time I spent working with some of the kids who had challenges reading, either because they grew up in a non-English-speaking home, or because they faced other learning challenges.

I had gone to Warner Avenue, so I was no stranger to public schools, but after nearly six years at Harvard it was jolting to be reminded of the challenges students (and teachers) faced in public schools.