Carthay Environmental Magnet School Partners with TreePeople on
Sustainable Redo of Front Landscape
You are invited to join them on two Community Planting Days!
Saturday, January 20th, 9am – 3pm
Sunday, January 28th, 9am – 3pm
In keeping with the school’s environmentally-themed program, the school’s first grade students wrote to the school district and asked that the school’s front lawn be removed to make way for a landscape that provides food and habitat for local birds and butterflies, conserves & cleans water thereby decreasing run-off, and cleans the air (new trees). They envisioned a new, active and welcoming habitat park that would welcome families and neighbors to the school.
The students and teachers were thrilled when the LAUSD quickly removed the lawn and began work on the new landscape. A plan was created by Mia Lehrer & Associates and new paths and an outdoor classroom of decomposed granite were installed, and the topography was reshaped to catch and infiltrate both ground and roof water. This new sustainable landscape treats water as a valuable resource; this is accomplished by re-directing the downspouts from the roof into a depression that was dug into the yard designed to hold rain water as it infiltrates – recharging groundwater rather than channeling it into the storm drain which would them carry it out to the ocean.
In the final phase of this wonderful project TreePeople and their donors have committed $10,000 to purchase California native plants, benches and educational signage. The school community could not be more thrilled and grateful for the generous support they have received — when children dream, beautiful things happen!
The school would like to invite you to join in the fun on two planting days led by TreePeople. There are more than 500 plants that will be put in the ground under the supervision of TreePeople and Master Gardener Volunteers on these two days and we need your help. We will all also enjoy a potluck lunch on both days! Come lend a hand and learn about landscapes that:
Treats Water as a Resource
Values Soil as a Resource
Conserves Material Resources
CARTHAY SCHOOL PROJECT PARTNERS:
Mia Lehrer & Associates
The Los Angeles Beautification Team
The Los Angeles Unified School District
The US Fish & Wildlife Service
The University of California Cooperative’s MASTER GARDENER Program