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Propelled by their desire to make a difference, members of the Southern California Honda Dealers Association have teamed up with CBS EcoMedia to provide the underserved students at KIPP Los Angeles’ College Preparatory School with access to essential technology. Through a new 3D printer, computers and other equipment, the program seeks to create an interactive learning experience in design, math and science programs for students throughout the school and enable them to engage in the full design process from concept to actualization.“The funding from SoCal Honda will impact the entire KIPP LA Prep student population for years to come,” said Carlos Lanuza, School Leader, KIPP LA Prep. “We are most grateful to SoCal Honda and CBS EcoMedia for making this a reality for our students.”

Providing world-class academics, including enrichment activities like art, music, sports and mock trial, KIPP LA Prep is a free, open enrollment public charter school providing schooling to nearly 500 middle school students. The vast majority of its students (99 percent) are African-American and Latino and 90 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced price meal program. For the past four years, KIPP LA Prep has been rated the highest performing middle school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“SoCal Honda is committed to helping the communities it serves,” said Paul Polizzotto, president and founder of CBS EcoMedia. “We thank SoCal Honda for ensuring that students at KIPP LA Prep have access to important technology that will undoubtedly help them reach their full potential.”

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