A LOOK BACK
FRIENDS OF MT. WASHINGTON SCHOOL'S HISTORY AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS
MPR / COMMUNITY CENTER
In addition to providing needed funds and enrichment programs for the school, FOMWS also manages and oversees the Jack and Denny Smith Library & Community Center. Residents of Mt. Washington and surrounding communities can use the Center (Multi-Purpose Room-MPR) during non-school hours. Read below about the history of the MPR.
Thanks to the 2015 FOMWS Auction fundraising efforts the Mt. Washington Elementary School's Computer Lab got completely new computers.
In school-year 2014-2015 FOMWS fundraised buses for field-trips. This school year, funds were voted to be allocated by the principal and teachers to go to enrichment workshops for teachers.
The FOMWS 2017-18 Auction raised $70,916!
With the proceeds from the 2017-18 13th Annual Auction, FOMWS funded (2018-2019)
$9,700 – New Computer Cart w/Chrome Books
$8,000 – Music K-2
$5,175 – Enrich L.A. Garden Program
$12,300 – Focus Fish
PROGRAMS FOMWS HAVE FUNDED
Music K-2: $8,000
New Computer Cart w/Chrome Books: $9,700
Replace Broken Technology in Classrooms: $2,500
Computer Aide: $9000
Focus Fish: $12,300
Replace or Repair Kiln: $2,000
Enrich L.A. Garden Program: $5,175
Robotics After School Program: $850
Supplement Chess: $3,500
Supplement Robotics School Day: $5,500
Upper Grade Music Program: $2,000
Nature Discovery Station: $10,000
Technology Upgrade-MPR/AV *in progress
THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER
Members of Friends of Mt. Washington School (FOMWS) conceived, spearheaded and helped raise more than $4 million toward building a much-needed multipurpose room and library on the campus, known as the Jack and Denny Smith Library and Community Center.
This center, named in honor of the venerated Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith and his wife, Denny, is more than the sum of its wonderful parts (a library, faculty lounge, kitchen, and a stage/multipurpose room where students can perform and eat lunch when it rains). It reflects the state and school district’s desire to have schools be the center of the community, a place where both children and adults can participate in enrichment, recreational, and educational activities.
The center has a 520 seat capacity and a state with sound and theatrical lighting. The center has hosted everything from Scout meetings to seminars, art shows to neighborhood assemblies, musical concerts to theatrical performances. In the spring of 2013 the center was packed to its limit when FOMWS hosted an evening of Chinese culture complete with Kung Fu masters and a traditional Chinese Lantern play.
The Jack and Denny Smith Library and Community Center is run jointly by LAUSD and FOMWS with the intent to make it more available for community use.
Email us if interested in renting the Community Center for your organization.