Grape Street Elementary School (K5) fills entire city block in the Watts
Neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is located at 111th St. between
Wilmington Ave. and Grape St. Students live in the nearby Imperial
Courts Housing Project and surrounding single family homes. There are
approximately 700 students, most of which are living at or below the
poverty level. 92% receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
At this time, only 51% of the students are testing at
grade in math, and 46% in English studies; with one
exception, fifth graders, which are testing at 75%
Grape Street students fall behind from the start because most of them do
not participate in pre- Kindergarten. Normally, Kindergarten students in
the higher income areas will arrive to school already knowing some basic
letter sounds and ABC`s, and some math skills.
Since this is not true in the inner city, the students are playing catch up
from day one. It is common knowledge among the educators, that the
most important action that can help students compete scholastically is to
provide pre- kindergarten in Watts.
Watts Powerhouse Food provides food and educational assistance in the
- Organize volunteers to tutor students in math
and Language arts.
- Organize professionals to share their story to
children and provide inspiration and knowledge
of the exciting outside world.
- Provide cup of noodles as an incentive for
- Provide buses for field trips-LAUSD does not
provide field trips (all grade levels)
- Procurement of computers and computer lab
- Provide subscriptions to children’s internet math
sites. (400 students)
- Provide Easter week vacation food bags
containing breakfast, lunch, and snack items for
one week. (600 students)
- Provide summer school breakfast and lunch for
five weeks. (200 students)
Grape Street Elementary School serves the children in and around the
Imperial Courts housing project. Grape provides both breakfast and
lunch to needy students on school days, but it is common for children to
miss dinner at night.
WPF believes that it is hard to learn on an empty stomach and provides
afternoon snacks and food assistance to children who are hungry.
Grape Street Elementary School is already one of the better schools in
the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our goal is to assist the school
to make it the best school in the district, and to prepare its students for
high school and college.