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By Lookout Staff

August 24, 2012 -- One hundred students at Olympic High School and the Off Campus Learning Center are getting much-needed supplies and a boost of encouragement from one of Santa Monica's biggest property owners.

NMS Properties, Inc. (NMS) has come together with its partners, associates and residents of its buildings to donate backpacks and school supplies to 100 students "who may not otherwise be well-prepared for the new school year," company officials said.

Students will receive the backpacks and supplies at the first-annual Backpack to School Campaign distribution event next Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at NMS’s LuXe@Broadway, 829 Broadway.

“NMS is very proud to donate supplies to the students at Olympic High School and the OCLC, and to bring the community together in this effort,” NMS President Jim Andersen said in a statement. “We are very excited to work with and support the schools, and help prepare students for the new school year.”

The 45-year-old alternative continuation high school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District -- which has seen its Academic Performance Index Score triple between 2006 and 2010 --routinely graduates students who have sometimes been given up on by others.

Last year, Olympic High -- which enrolls about 120 students a year, many from low-income families -- was awarded Model Continuation High School status by the California Department of Education. ("Olympic High School’s Alternative Approach Helps Students Succeed," May 7, 2012)

“Olympic High School is grateful for the donations made by NMS, its partners and residents,” said Principal Janie Yuguchi Gates, Ed. D. “This much-appreciated support reminds us that community stakeholders want our students to succeed.”

Santa Monica's Off Campus Learning Center provides Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for some two-dozen district students in danger of dropping out, failing, in juvenile hall and maybe even incarcerated. Some students have learning or behavioral disabilities, while others have problems at home, according to school officials.

Students receive intensive support as they learn to modify their behavior and attendance in order to return to their home school, center officials said. ("Santa Monica’s Off Campus Learning Center Shapes Lives," May 11, 2012)

A privately owned real estate development and management, NMS Properties, Inc. (NMS) manages more than 40 properties with approximately 1,250 multi-family units and 320,000 square feet of retail and commercial spaces in the Los Angeles area.

NMS also has approximately 1,800 units and 220,000 square feet of mixed-use space under development, according to company officials. NMS is an equal housing opportunity provider.

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A voter-registration drive will take place concurrently with Thursday's event. Santa Monica Mayor and State Assembly candidate Richard Bloom is expected to attend, along with other members of the Santa Monica City Council.

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