Program helps foster youths become high school grads

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Family and friends of the 600-some graduating Bell Gardens High School seniors poured into the bleachers at East Los Angeles College on Thursday night.

They carried โ€” against the directives of school officials โ€” balloons, signs spelling out congratulatory messages, giant teddy bears, confetti and noisemakers.

Seated in the crowd, Alicia Aguayo and Erika Hernandez scanned the students filing onto the field until they spotted 17-year-old Alicia Rodriguez, a tall girl with bangs and an orange sash over her purple robe. "There she is!"

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