This School’s Super Heroes Are Home Grown

When Comic-Con International closed its doors last month to the last of its aliens, celebrities and zombies, the students from Los Altos Elementary called it a storybook ending.

Los Altos was the first elementary school to exhibit in the convention’s more than 40-year history. Los Altos had its very own booth in the Small Press area, next to High Tech High Chula Vista, and attracted a steady stream of visitors including professional illustrators. The students presented comic books they created over the past year as part of the school’s graphic novel club called BLAST, for Blazing Los Altos Super Team.

“This is exactly what our students need: access to think, innovate and apply their knowledge to real world possibilities/opportunities,” said Principal Dei Romero. “The sheer volume of positive feedback from the public was incredible.”

The eight attending students applied many life skill sets to make the Comic-Con experience happen. Students practiced being interviewed and fielding questions about their books. Students learned the importance of marketing themselves.

“Their eyes told me that this was an experience that they will never forget,” Romero said. “MAD Magazine author/artist Sergio Aragones spoke to staff and students–talk about encouragement from a living legend! Artist/Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz (“La Cucaracha”) requested to come speak to our group at a later date.”

Donations to the school for the five days of 2012 Comic-Con were over $650. The funds will help support next year’s BLAST projects.

“People of all types were so giving to our kids,” Romero said. “The zombies and the hippies were the most generous,” she added.

View the UT San Diego’s coverage of Los Altos at Comic-Con by clicking here. Photo slide show below courtesy of High Tech High Chula Vista student Anna Gabrielle Romero.

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