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Introduction to Saturn Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, and overview of the vision for transforming the school campus into a park-like setting, inspired by the Community School Park program.

Introduction to Saturn Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, and overview of the vision for transforming the school campus into a park-like setting, inspired by the Community School Park program.

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  • 1. Community School Park
  • 2. Table of Contents
    • Section 1 : Introduction to Saturn Street Elementary School
    • Section 2 : The Community Surrounding Saturn
    • Section 3 : Community Involvement with Saturn
    • Section 4 : A Vision for the Future
  • 3. Section 1: Introduction to Saturn Street Elementary School
  • 4. Introduction to Saturn Street Elementary
    • Saturn is a Title I LAUSD elementary school serving 547 K-5 students.
    • Profile of Saturn students:
      • 92% participate in free lunch program
      • 70% Latino, 27% African-American
      • 43% English Learners
      • 11% Special Education
  • 5. Saturn’s Location & Neighborhood
    • Saturn is located at: 5360 Saturn Street Los Angeles, CA 90019 (1 block south of Pico between Fairfax & La Brea)
    • School Board District 1, Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte City Council District 10, Herb Wesson State Assembly District 47, Speaker Karen Bass
  • 6. Saturn’s Teachers and Administration
    • Saturn’s principal, Tracie D. Bryant, joined the school approximately 4 years ago.
    • Teachers have an average 9 years experience.
    721 2008
  • 7. Saturn Campus
    • Saturn’s playground is exclusively asphalt, with limited shade and no grassy playfield.
  • 8. Saturn Campus
    • There is one tree on the entire elementary school playground.
  • 9. Section 2: The Community Surrounding Saturn
  • 10.
    • Saturn is located in Census Tract 2171:
      • High-density areas, primarily to the East, where most Saturn students live.
      • 19.3% of residents live below the poverty line.
    High-Density and High-Poverty SOURCE: 2000 Census
  • 11.
    • The community surrounding Saturn offers no public park space within walking distance.
    Limited Green Space Washington Irving Pocket Park: 1.77 miles SOURCES: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks , Trust for Public Land’s parkscore.org Genesee Avenue Park: 1.0 miles
  • 12.
    • According to the Trust for Public Land, Saturn is located in an area with a high need for public parks.
    Accessibility of Public Parks SOURCE: Los Angeles Park Needs Assessment Map Trust for Public Land
  • 13.
    • City Council District 10 has the fewest acres of parkland per resident in the city.
    Parkland per Resident SOURCE: “Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities” The City Project , 2006
    • Saturn is located in one of the least green parts of CD-10.
  • 14. High Child Obesity Rates
    • Saturn is located in State Assembly District 47:
      • Less than 1-3 acres of parks per 1,000 residents.
      • 30-35% of children are obese.
    SOURCE: The City Project
  • 15. Section 3: Community Involvement with Saturn
  • 16. Rings of Saturn
    • In early 2009, a group of Saturn’s neighbors formed the Rings of Saturn to support the school.
    • The group’s first act was to donate a school website: www.saturnelementary.com .
  • 17. Big Sunday 2009
    • In May, the Rings of Saturn captained Saturn’s first participation in the Big Sunday day of service.
    • More than 100 volunteers, including Saturn students, families, teachers, and neighbors participated.
  • 18. Big Sunday 2009
    • Volunteers cleaned the campus, refreshed a fading mural, and landscaped the few planter boxes around the playground.
  • 19. Summer Day of Service
    • Volunteers from Pacific Crossroads Church, who spent Big Sunday at Saturn, chose the school as their site for the Serve the City program on July 25, 2009.
    • The Rings of Saturn are helping to plan the day, gathering wish lists from teachers and recruiting neighborhood volunteers.
  • 20. Saturn Gardeners
    • Following Big Sunday, the Rings of Saturn recruited a group of volunteer ‘ Saturn Gardeners ’ to provide ongoing care for the planter boxes on the playground and the landscaping around the school.
  • 21. A New Garden for Saturn
    • The Pico Neighborhood Council has funded a project to transform a small, weed-choked section of the Saturn campus into a garden.
    • Work begins June 22, 2009.
  • 22. A New Garden for Saturn
    • The new garden has a whimsical design to inspire children to imagine and explore.
      • A vine-covered pergola shades an outdoor classroom.
      • A ‘Hobbit’ playhouse.
      • A winding path with bridges over sunken beds.
      • A small orchard features several citrus trees.
  • 23. Section 4: A Vision for the Future
  • 24. A Vision for the Future
    • Transformation of the Saturn campus into a park-like setting:
      • Green space with winding paths and groves of shade trees.
      • Multiple gardens and outdoor learning environments.
      • Enhanced facilities for recreation and physical fitness.
    • Open to the community during non-school hours.
  • 25. Saturn Community School Park
    • The vision is inspired by the Trust for Public Land’s 2008 Community School Park Report , which:
    • Documents the lack of accessible parks across Los Angeles.
    • Calls for the transformation of public schoolyards into park-like settings.
    • Suggests LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell after school program to facilitate community access during non-school hours.
  • 26. Anticipated Benefits
    • Improved physical fitness and reduced obesity rates as children have expanded access to enhanced recreation facilities.
    • Reduced pollution and exposure to ultraviolet light with the addition of a grassy playfield and shade trees.
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables for Saturn families.
    • Fewer disciplinary problems as students learn patience, responsibility, and teamwork in the instructional garden.
    • Increased student interest in science as gardens are integrated into curriculum.
  • 27. Anticipated Benefits (continued)
    • Greater involvement and support for the school as neighbors view it as a valuable resource for the entire community.
    • Volunteer gardeners are able to tend and maintain gardens during weekends.
    • Fewer incidents of graffiti and vandalism:
      • At the school because the campus is more often in use.
      • In the community because neighborhood youth have a place to play on weekend days.
  • 28. Support for the Vision of Saturn’s Future
    • School Site Council
    • Saturn teachers and parents, who have volunteered to participate in Master Planning sessions
    • Pico Neighborhood Council
    • School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte
    • Councilman Herb Wesson
  • 29. Contacts
    • Saturn Street Elementary School Tracie D. Bryant Principal, (323) 931-1688
    • Rings of Saturn:
    • Melissa R. Patrick (310) 600-7941 Rayna Saslove (323) 936-1946 Ashley Thompson (323) 377-3157
    • Pico Neighborhood Council Scott McNeely President, (323) 939-0339