TORRANCE: School district offers students open enrollment

In keeping with its policy of open enrollment, the Torrance Unified School District is offering residents of Torrance the opportunity to choose where they would like their children in grades K-12 to attend school within the district if space is available.

Parents wishing to continue in their neighborhood school are guaranteed a place at their home school and need not take any other action.

Parents interested in participating in this program for the 2013-14 school year should contact any Torrance school in February for an application. Moving to a new address in Torrance does not cancel or void open enrollment.

The open-enrollment period runs from Feb. 1-28.

Applications for elementary and middle school should be submitted to Torrance Unified School District offices at 2335 Plaza Del Amo, Room A104. Applications for high school should be submitted to the office of the high school requested.

Parents who want to apply for an interdistrict permit for their student should visit www.tusd.org for more information. The application period for transfers into and out of the district begins on April 1.

TORRANCE: Principal for a Day pairs schools with executives

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Torrance Unified School District, plans to implement two programs that focus on workforce readiness.

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Principal for a Day is a program that pairs business executives with individual school principals from Torrance Unified and invites those executives to see firsthand the successes and challenges each principal faces on a day-to-day basis. Each principal will develop his or her own agenda for the day and can decide how to showcase his or her school.

The Business for a Day program invites students to a local business for a half-day of job shadowing, multiple presentations, and/or any other programming the business may want to do to inform the students about the business and what skills are needed to work there. This program connects skill and curriculum with applicable, real-world positions within local businesses.

For more information, call the chamber at 310-540-5858.

AREAWIDE: Essay contest promotes being kind to others

An Arizona-based nonprofit organization focused on bullying prevention is sponsoring an essay contest for all K-8 students in the United States.

The second-annual contest, sponsored by The Be Kind People Project, asks students to describe how taking the time to be kind can have a positive effect on others.

Students in grades K-2 are instructed to draw a picture that expresses the topic accompanied by a title and to write up to three sentences. Students in grades 3-5 should write an original essay, no more than one page. Students in grades six to eight should write an essay of up to two pages.

Each of the 12 grand prize winners will receive $100 and have their essays published on the organization's website: thebekindpeopleproject.org. Entries are due by Jan. 25. For more information, visit the website.