Secretary of Labor Congratulates ECS Class of 2010

Marco Barrantes, La Loma President, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet Diaz
Marco Barrantes, La Loma President, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet Diaz

In this photo from Right to Left: Alison Diaz, Founder of ECS, Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor (President Obama's delegate to ECS as a runner-up to the White Houses' Race to the Top Challenge), and Marco Barrantes, President of La Loma Development Company.  On Thursday, June 25, 2010 we had the pleasure of attending the Environmental Charter Schools 2010 commencement ceremony, where Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was the keynote speaker. As you may know, ECHS was one of the six finalist's in the White House's "Race to the Top Commencement Challenge." The celebration was filled with accolades from California State Assembly-member Steven Bradford, LA County Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, a special message from Shaquille O'Neal and special words from counselors about each and every graduate. A truly memorable and inspiring experience, certainly beat any of my graduation commencements!  Given the recent environmental crisis in the Gulf, it was hopeful to see this future group of leaders being sent off from one of the best high schools in the nation, with a strong green curriculum foundation under their belt. Much of the class of 2010 started their freshman year at a church a mile away. While they grew, the school grew with them and in 2009 we completed building a living stream, dry-creek, stage and broken concrete amphitheater which many of the graduates had used in their day to day educational activities. ECS is set to open a middle school in Gardena this fall.