Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Al Ferrara with students at Gratts Learning Academy. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Lee Lacy reads to the classroom of students at Crescent Heights Elementary. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Lee Lacy reads to a classroom at Crescent Heights Magnet. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

This year’s Dodgers Love L.A. Tour (presented by Bank of America) kicked off today with two events, starting this morning with a day of literacy celebration at five local schools. Austin Laymance of MLB.com has more.

… At Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars, only a couple of Adrian Gonzalez home runs away from Dodger Stadium, former Dodgers outfielder Al Ferrara read “Curious George at the Baseball Game” to second- and third-grade students.

“This is as important as any hit I ever got,” Ferrara said after a busy day back in grade school. “There’s something about a child and the glint and the smile in their eyes that makes a big guy like me sort of fold a little bit.”

Ferrara also fielded a number of baseball-related questions from the kids, mixed in a story about Jackie Robinson, signed autographs and posed for pictures. …


Cookie Johnson sits with students at today’s mentoring luncheon at Dodger Stadium. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)

Also today, the Dodger Stadium Lexus Dugout Club hosted a mentoring lunch for students from New Village Girls Academy, in which Stan Kasten, Cookie Johnson and several Dodger alumni and front-office staff gave the students counsel about their future.

[mlbvideo id=”540422683″ width=”550″ height=”308″ /]

Stan Kasten addresses the students. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)

Stan Kasten addresses the students. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)