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Long Beach Walk to School Week kicked off on Monday, March 20th with parents organizing walking school buses by picking up kids along the route to school. Mann Elementary parents volunteered to safely cross students at high traffic intersections and were out advocating with student school council for safer, slower streets. The Long Beach Health Department and Long Beach Police Department set up a visitor booth at Mann Elementary giving out safety brochures, coloring books, reflective wrists bands and stickers.

Students at Mann Elementary wrote letters to  city department officials including Vice Mayor Cindy Allen, Paul Van Dyke of Public Works and Mayor Rex Richardson to advocate for a crossing guard, re-painting of deteriorating crosswalks and safer streets!

Walk to School Week culminated with guest speaker and Olympic Road Bike Racer Tony Cruz. Tony talked with kids about bike safety and reviewed the rules of the road. Two bikes were raffled off to the kids along with helmets. Special thanks to Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association for the donation of a bike, Tichenor Clinic for the helmets, and to Tony Cruz!

Mann Elementary Parent volunteers to cross students safety during Walk to School Week March 20 – 24
2nd grade students at Mann Elementary wrote street safety letters to Mayor Rex Richardson
2nd grade students at Mann Elementary wrote street safety letters to Vice Mayor Cindy Allen
Olympic Road Cyclist Tony Cruz spoke to kids at Mann Elementary on Friday, March 24th



The City’s Disaster Preparedness Department is hosting a Tsunami Awareness Panel at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Monday, March 27th. ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

When: Monday, March 27, 2023

Time: Event will start at 6:30 PM

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific

The panel discussion will take place in the Aquarium’s Pacific Visions Theater and the Great Hall exhibits will be open for attendees. Attendance and parking are FREE.

The link to register is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tsunami-awareness-panel-discussion-tickets-586091454317

Reach out to Rebecca Lopez, who is Cc’d in this email if you have any additional questions.

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Safe Streets in Rose Park Neighborhood & New Board Members in 2023

Rose Park Neighborhood Receives America Walks Mini-Grant Award

Rose Park Neighborhood received an America Walks Mini-Grant Award in 2022 for the “State of the Neighborhood”
project that serves to create change and opportunity for walking and movement at the community level. Take a look at the report summary below.

Access the Full Report HERE – Page 93.

Access the Rose Park Neighborhood Directory 2022 HERE

Rose Park Directory & Design by Artist Cheyne Ellet

Eric Copeland Joins Rose Park Neighborhood Association Board

Pictured: Eric Copeland

Meet Eric: Eric was born on the Island of Cyprus into a family of educators, farmers and ministers. He moved with his family to a University town in Kansas and then moved to California where he has lived since he was 12. He’s the youngest of 4 boys and spent all his youth playing as many sports as he could which eventually helped him get scholarships to attend College.

After a short time working in adventure education in Romania, he moved back to Southern California and worked in special education and then homeless services for about 10 years. He has a masters degree in social work from CSULB and is a licensed clinical therapist, currently working part time.

He is married to Kaney and has 2 children age 8 and 6 and has resided in Rose Park since 2016.

As a board member of We Love Long Beach, he’s been passionate about organizing social gatherings in local neighborhoods throughout Long Beach. Within his own neighborhood, he has hosted breakfasts, a block party and worked with local artist Cody Lusby to launch the Roses For Rose Park mural project.

After a brief relocation to New Zealand with his family, he is looking forward to being an active member of Rose Park again. His specific interests include mobilizing neighbors to host gatherings and block parties. He believes these events are an on-ramp to finding out what specific skills and talents are represented on each block.