Thanks in no small part to this pit bull, Lou and Eugenie were invited to attend the 2014 Academic Bowl for incarcerated youth this past Thursday, March 20. The event was held at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park and featured the 4 top teams from the county wide competition. After a Jeopardy-style quiz, a debate on funding for arts education, and a power point presentation on the need to add ‘Art’ to the current emphasis on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering & math), the girls from Road To Success Academy at Camp Scott emerged victorious. All of the teams were very poised and well prepared and everyone enjoyed watching them revel in a positive spotlight. 

Lou (3rd left) Erika Brunson, Principal Zan Mason & the Camp Gonzales School staff

A few days later, Lou and Eugenie accompanied our book angel, Erika Brunson, to Camp Gonzales here in Malibu where she donated 100 copies of GIMME SHELTER to the juvenile court school for use in the upcoming summer ‘Freedom School’. Zan Mason, the Santa Monica Mountains district principal, and the Gonzales staff gave everyone a warm welcome and offered some terrific suggestions how the book could work to bolster the learning theme of ‘Discovery’. My favorite idea was Erika’s suggestion that ‘the dog’ (me!) be allowed to come to Camp when Lou speaks to the students about the writing process. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.  Right now, we’re off to Palm Springs for the Avondale Country Club Charity Pet show where Lou, Eugenie and ‘the dog’ are the guests of honor. We’re hoping our efforts help bring in lots of cash for this year’s charity, The Pet Rescue Center. Pictures to follow.

‘The Dog’ having his morning yogurt

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