Hike to the Hollywood Sign, and then to Venice!

Today, we wanted to make the very most out of our last Sunday together. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already had three weeks with our amazing students, and it’s bittersweet that we’ve got just one more week to say goodbye.

This morning, 18 students braved a 7:15 am departure time to hike from just below the Hollywood Sign, to above the sign, and all the way to the Griffith Observatory. In total, it was about 5.5 miles- and wow, was it hilly sometimes! But everyone made excellent time, and we arrived at the beautiful Observatory tired but proud.

A new angle on an old classic – the Hollywood Sign viewed from behind!
The beautiful Griffith Observatory – we remember seeing it for the first time in La La Land three weeks ago!

After the morning hike, almost our entire program went to Venice Beach! We had been to the area before when we went to First Fridays at Abbot Kinney, but this time, we were there during the day, and had access to the beach as well.

There are so many cool murals on the streets of Venice!

The food on and around Venice Beach is one of the best parts of the area – students dispersed to so many restaurants and enjoyed coffee shops, plant-based meals, and more.

Check out these students’ cool new purchases from some of Abbot Kinney’s beachfront shops!

In our assembly tonight, our students got to sign up for the next week’s activities for the very last time. As time winds down, they’re already writing each other farewell notes and putting in work on their final class projects. We know we’ll miss them already!