Students received free supplies, books, backpacks and haircuts at the Barack Obama Charter School. (31165)

Last week, students at Barack Obama Charter School (BOCS) in Los Angeles kicked-off the new school year with donated backpacks, books, and free haircuts. Up to 500 students received the donated back-to-school items at a barbeque event held on the school campus, 1726 E. 117th St. L.A, and sponsored by World Vision and The Molina Foundation. During the event, children and their families also enjoyed a visit by L.A. Clipper Jamal Crawford who helped distribute the backpacks and signed autographs.

“We are grateful for the support of our partners, World Vision and The Molina Foundation, who last year visited our school to provide students with much-needed supplies and infused them with enthusiasm for returning to school and increasing their reading skills,” said Glenn Noreen, president of Ingenium Schools — a charter school management organization that provides high-quality instruction to students in some of Los Angeles’s most ethnically diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

Barack Obama Charter School (BOCS) is a high-performing elementary campus serving students from Compton, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Long Beach and surrounding communities that uses the Ingenium Learning System (ILS)–a performance-based educational program focusing on the needs of each child through a student-centered environment that also provides individualized instruction to youth.

The ILS model is based on the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) program developed at Alaska’s Chugach School District. In 2001, the program won the Baldrige Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence. Using the program, BOCS’s Academic Performance Index (API) score increased by 175 points during the 2011-2012 school year.

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