Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

Good neighbors campaign funded robotics team uses ingenuity to find its way to the national championship.

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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Since 1994, USC faculty, staff, and friends have been coming together every October to help USC be a good neighbor. In all, they have donated more than $17.7 million dollars in support of university-community partnerships. 100% of contributions are distributed via USC Good Neighbors grants (formerly USC Neighborhood Outreach or UNO). Supported partnerships strive to enhance educational opportunities, promote health and fitness, enhance public safety, and support economic development. Nearly 550 grants have been given to community organizations to enhance educational opportunities, promote good health and fitness, support economic development, and improve safety.

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June 16, 2015

Good Neighbors Campaign-funded robotics team finds its way with ingenuity

Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

For the South Los Angeles robotics team, it’s been quite the ride.

Foshay Learning Center’s Wolverines earn the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the 2015 2015 World Championship in St.Louis, MO and were inducted in the first Robotics Hall of Fame.

Math teacher Darryl Newhouse, the team’s mentor and coach, co-founded the program at Foshay in 2001. In 2003, the school held its first robotics class and in 2007, the class was expanded to the middle school

What Newhouse lacked in robotics experience, he compensated with ingenuity.

“It’s just like anything else; if you don’t know, you just go to the World Wide Web,” Newhouse said. “You get a manual and you get enthusiastic kids. It was a fun journey.” Read more here.

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April 21, 2015

Good Neighbors Campaign partnerships lead activities at the Festival of Books

The USC Civic Engagement tent hosted various educational program at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 18 and 19, 2015.

Many programs which included robotics, “History in a Box”, Jester Has Lost His Jingle, and Mission Science are funded by the Good Neighbors Campaign, an annual employee giving campaign that raises more than $1.7 million that funds university community partnerships.

The USC Family of Schools Coloring Contest winners were recognized by USC President C. L. Nikias and Los Angeles Times CEO Austin Beutner at the festival’s opening ceremony.

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