About Us


Our Mission

Friends of Lockwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of the students of Lockwood Avenue Elementary, a school located in a low income area of Hollywood which receives limited funding for extracurricular activities. The goal of this grass roots organization is to organize and produce fun educational opportunities for the Lockwood Elementary students outside the classroom.


How We're Helping

Friends of Lockwood was originally formed by a group of friends that personally sponsored Lockwood Elementary School students to visit Disneyland in December 2002.  Due the overwhelming interest and support by the individuals involved in the Disneyland trip, the group began organizing and sponsoring other events and projects for Lockwood Elementary School and the Disneyland trip became an annual event.

Currently, Friends of Lockwood plans and funds six to eight events and projects each year for the students.  The events include Art Day, Career Day, Fall Festival, special interest assemblies, and the annual trip to Disneyland for 50 well deserving students. In addition, in 2016 Friends of Lockwood established the Friends of Lockwood Scholarship through Los Angeles City College Foundation which is awarded annually to a student at LACC who attended or has a child that attends Lockwood Elementary School.

Lockwood Elementary School is a Los Angeles Unified School District school comprising of approximately 500 students between pre-kindergarten and sixth grade.  Approximately 98% of the students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged and 100% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program.  The ethnic racial makeup of students is:  86% Hispanic or Latino; 9% Filipino; 5% other.  Approximately 73% of the students are considered English language learners. The students have very little exposure to much outside of their immediate neighborhood, therefore they benefit greatly from field trips, special presentations and other activities provided by Friends of Lockwood.     


Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

Who We Are



Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food


Dolores Cantu, Candu Management


Bobby Ralston, Target Media Partners


Peter DiVito, Douglas Elliman

Lockwood Avenue Elementary School Principal

Paula Kurilich

Board Members

Chris Bostrom, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Lester Corpuz, NBCUniversal

Kristen Echols, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jill Hennessy, Spirit Clothing Co.

Jessica Holmes, KTLA

Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy

Teri Gamble

Victoria Prado

Friends of Lockwood and its founders have been recognized for their contributions and service to the community.  In 2004, the founders were awarded the Call to Service Award by the US President’s Council; in 2007, the organization was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Los Angeles mayor; and in 2008, the organization was awarded the Community Volunteer Award by the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.  

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