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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Celebrating the first day of class with an after school snack

The first day of school found the streets and sidewalks around Logan Street Elementary in Echo Park busy with kids, parents, teachers and crossing guards. Logan parent Maria Caballero (pictured above) shared a snack after picking sons Matthew, 8, and Jonathan, 11, at the end of the school day. The first day of class at Logan was also the first day the Echo Park school shared classrooms with a charter school, Gabriella Charter School. Many Logan school parents and teachers had expressed their concern and staged a protest a few months ago over sharing the campus with the privately run school.

Los Angeles schools faced other challenges besides making sure its staff and campuses were ready for students. The Los Angeles Unified School District began the semester facing a $140 million budget gap and the threat of layoffs, according to the Daily News. But, back at Logan, things seemed to go well on the first day back, according to Jonathan. Asked his opinion of the first day of class the fifth grader was brief and to the point: "Cool."

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