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    West Hollywood Elementary School Celebrates Opening of New Playground

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    The West Hollywood Elementary School celebrated the official opening of its new playground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, acknowledging the collaborative effort that made the project possible. West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson, and Vice Mayor Chelsea Byers and Public Facilities Commissioner Andrew Solomon, joined student council in the ceremony. The Mayor and Vice Mayor both played a round of friendly pickleball with some of the students.

    Dr. Layman, the school’s principal, expressed gratitude to the various entities involved in the completion of the Playground Renovation Project Phase 1, which included two new pickleball courts, a renovated playground, and solar reflective paint on the lower playground. “This playground is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved,” said Dr. Layman.

    The event highlighted the unique relationship between the school and the city, with Mayor John Erickson emphasizing the city’s ongoing support. “The City of West Hollywood loves West Hollywood Elementary,” said Mayor Erickson. “I love West Hollywood elementary when I actually worked at the city. I would come here and beautify it every MLK Day and we would sand the benches. We would paint here I’ve moved those cafeteria tables. More times than I publicly we’ll admit. And it’s because we love all of you.”

    West Hollywood Elementary School Celebrates New Playground – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Elementary School Celebrates New Playground – WEHO TIMES

    Vice Mayor Chelsea echoed the sentiment, thanking the students for their contributions to the community and inviting them to participate in city council activities.

    The project, funded by the City of West Hollywood, includes solar reflective paint to combat heat and pickleball courts for recreational use. “This playground is not only enhancing our school’s environmental sustainability but also providing a better educational experience for our students,” Dr. Layman said.

    The ceremony concluded with a friendly game of pickleball between students and the Mayor and Vice Mayor, followed by a group photo.

    West Hollywood Elementary School Celebrates New Playground – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Elementary School Celebrates New Playground – WEHO TIMES

    West Hollywood Elementary operates as a member of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in District West. The school is linked to Moses Sherman, founder of Los Angeles’ first electrified street cars and developer of the railroad town of Sherman (1897). Although, there are records indicating that there was a school on the sight as early as the 1880’s when the area was farm lands, the earliest known photos and news articles are when Moses developed Sherman and built a new school for the railroad workers’ children.

    Situated on the sunny slope of Clark Street (San Vicente) students and teachers walked up the hill to the little wooden school house known as The Sherman School.

    In 1910 the school was annexed by LAUSD and in 1925 the current structure facing Hammond was built. Around this time, the city of Sherman returned to unincorporated county status and in 1929, the school’s name officially changed to West Hollywood Elementary. From farm lands to railroads to Sunset Strip – to now—West Hollywood Elementary has the rare distinction of being one of the few LAUSD schools to generate students every year for over 100 years.

    To learn more, visit: https://westhollywoodes.lausd.org/

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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