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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.

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Saturn C S P

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

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