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The Long Beach College Promise Joins Mayor’s Office for Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

Local Leaders and Community Members to Celebrate the Yuletide and Highlight Education in One of the Southland’s Largest Parades



Contact: Hilda Martinez

WHAT: The Long Beach College Promise (The Promise) joins officials from the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia for a trolley ride in the 35th annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. They will be accompanied by students and families, beneficiaries of The Promise and Flippa, The Promise mascot.

WHO: Planning to ride on the float are:

  • Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley
  • Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser
  • Flippa the dolphin, mascot (photo attached)

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: The parade route begins on the south side of 2nd Street at Quincy Avenue and proceeds east toward Bayshore Avenue. Free parking is available at beach lots on Ocean Avenue and Marine Stadium Lots starting at 3 p.m.

WHY: Long Beach is among the first cities in the country to implement The Promise, an initiative that pledges to offer greater access to higher education for all local students. It is also the first in the nation to adopt a mascot to engage youth. There are many benefits for local students, including a free first year at Long Beach City College and guaranteed admission to Long Beach State University, if requirements are met. The Promise supports students from cradle to career and promotes a college-going culture in Long Beach.

CONTACT: For information regarding the Long Beach College Promise, contact Hilda Martinez at 562-985-5678.

About the Long Beach College Promise: The Long Beach College Promise (The Promise) extends the promise of a college education to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District to create a more vibrant community. This award-winning initiative is transforming the lives of students and the city’s economic future by placing higher education within reach for all. Fueling The Promise is a partnership among Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, Long Beach State University and the city of Long Beach. The Promise creates a culture of college expectation, increases college readiness and improves graduation rates among Long Beach students and raises the education attainment rates of the entire Southern California region. For more information, visit www.longbeachcollegepromise.org