From Brentwood Community Council President, Larry Watts:
As many of you know, I’ve been very active over the past several years helping People for Parks open Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school yards in economically deprived and park poor neighborhoods of the city. We want kids to have a safe place to play during after school hours and on weekends. There are two basic parts to getting schools open. First, reaching out to the LAUSD and convincing them that a particular school is ready to open as a Community School Park. This might seem to be a no-brainer, but as we know from our experience at Brentwood Green, often some administrators, while paying lip service to the concept, seem to think of reasons not to do this. Fortunately, as more and more school principals experience the benefits of a Community School Park, we have been able to convince district officials to go along. The attached video is of Rosa Trujillo, principal of Barendo Middle School. She is really behind the CSP concept and makes our job easier. But we still must spend a great deal of time selling many administrators on the benefits of CSP’s not only to the kids and families who use them, but to LAUSD itself from the goodwill they generate.
Once we succeed in convincing the district that a school should be opened, it’s up to us to raise the money to actually open a Community School Park. This is the part where you can help us. We are a very small organization trying to accomplish a lot. But the good news is that even relatively small amounts money can accomplish incredible results. Our current goal of raising $24,000 over the next thirty days will enable us to open two more Community School Parks before the end of 2015, in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles: Berendo Middle School and Leo Politi Elementary School. These are schools located in high-density neighborhoods, whose families and communities are eager to access their school playgrounds and gardens on Saturdays, as this is the only opportunity their children have for safe outdoor play.
We’ve just started our late summer/fall fund drive. We’ve partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association and are hopeful this will broaden our outreach. Even small donations mean a lot as more people participate.. Thanks, Larry
Please click this link to learn more and http://www.fundyourpark.org/campaign/detail/4217