Cleveland Humanities Magnet rocks to the ‘CORE’ during annual music festival

Cleveland Humanities Magnet rocks to the ‘CORE’ during annual music festival

The high-energy COREchella concert was a fund-raiser to purchase new tablet computers for the Cleveland Humanities Magnet in Reseda. Eighteen student bands performed during the one-night event.

Evelyn Aleman
L.A. Unified Parent and Volunteer

The musicians at last weekend’s Coachella Music Festival in Indio had nothing over the performers at COREchella in Reseda, featuring home-grown talent from the award-winning Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School in a high-energy concert filled with music, antics and fun.

Actor Jon Huertas, star of “This is Us” and “Castle” hosted the one-night event, which is named for the CORE curriculum offered by the popular magnet. With 18 student performances, plus a headlining band featuring magnet teachers as lead and background vocalists. students hoped to raise $40,000 to purchase new tablet carts that they say will provide teachers with opportunities to increase the use of technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways, and reduce the carbon footprint at the school in the next five years.

“COREchella is a concert created by students to keep the arts alive in education and find ways to improve their school,” said Cleveland Magnet Coordinator Jennifer Macon said. “Our teachers are innovative and want to utilize technology in the classroom, but they are limited by the existing equipment. New classroom sets of tablets will give us the ability to do more.”

COREchella was launched in 2010 by students who saw an opportunity to fill the void left by cuts to the arts in education. With support from school staff and their parents, the students pursued a proactive approach to fundraising utilizing local resources and student talent.

Cleveland’s Humanities Magnet infuses the arts into the study of history, English and philosophy.

“What these kids are doing to help raise funds for their school program and improve their environment is great,” Huertas said. “It shows a commitment to improving their lives and the lives of others.”

Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School program integrates the arts into the study of history, English and philosophy. It is one of L.A. Unified’s top-performing magnet schools. In 2017, it was one of only two high schools to receive the prestigious Magnet School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, which is hosting its 39th annual national conference this week in Los Angeles. More than 80 percent of the school’s graduating students attend four-year college programs after high school completion.

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