From January 2011

January in the Garden: Treepeople and MLK Day of Service Events

We had a whirlwind of a time this past long MLK weekend in the garden.  On Saturday, January 15, Treepeople and dozens of volunteers descended on the campus to help plant fruit trees in the garden and around the school, and to take a tree home for their own garden as well.  Treepeople donated 100 stone fruit trees for the school and community for the event, including plum, apricot, apple and peach trees.  On Monday, January 17, Micheltorena participated in the LAUSD Green Spaces MLK Day of Service event, drawing a crowd of parents, kids, teachers and neighbors to build raised beds for the new garden, plant bulbs around the school entrance, plant seeds and divide seedlings, sweep, weed, mulch, trim bushes…whew!

Micheltorena and the garden team would like to thank everyone who came out to work and play around the garden over the past weekend, as well as give a hearty shout out to Treepeople for their inestimable teaching and support for our school orchard, to Sunset Nursery for donating bulbs, to Brooklyn Bagels on Beverly Blvd. for donating bagels, and to Cafe Tropical for donating sandwiches for our volunteers!  Please visit our Garden page for information about upcoming volunteer days and garden events.

Parents Bildad and Catarina get busy.
Principal Furfari and garden docent Charlie sing a duet with banjo and guitar.
Tree planting party with parent Catarina and Teacher Celia Schreiber.
Treepeople volunteers plant a tree on the central courtyard.
Seedling party!
Super Treepeople volunteers, most of them high school students, finish planting a fruit tree.
Parent Lisa Henschel shows up with son Jansen via bicycle.
Building the raised beds.
Watering the seedlings.
Charlie at the sign-in booth.
Parent Steven Weissman, reporting for duty.
Garden friend and neighbor April helps in the low-water use and native plant garden.
Tomas O'Grady, LAUSD parent and creator of the King Middle School campus garden and Green Magnet, speaks to the group.

Welcome, 2011!

After a three-week winter break, school is back in full-swing!

We kicked off this past winter break with a celebration for the opening of our brand new Wonder of Reading Library.  The theme of the event was “Lights, Camera, Library,” and the stars came out to celebrate!  Guests included Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz (Principal Furfari!), Charlie Chaplin (coordinator Ms. Missoni!), Harpo Marx (student Jessica Guitierrez!) Marilyn Monroe (teacher Kathy Griffiths!), and real-life star City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, among others.

After the ceremony in the auditorium, the students and guests moved to take a tour of the new library, and where 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders received a free color picture dictionary, courtesy of the Wonder of Reading Foundation.

Our new library was finally finished after years of coordinated efforts led by Principal Furfari, and with the help of generous donors, including Silver Lake resident and Micheltorena alumna Roella Hsieh Louie, the Lakers Foundation, the offices of Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge, the Macomber Family Foundation, and dozens of community members who participated in our Adopt the Library fundraiser.  Our new library is truly a dream come true!

Bailey Magaña, Tom LaBonge and Dorothy/Principal Furfari read the dedication of the library from the City of Los Angeles.
Perfectly behaved students getting ready for the ceremony!
Friends of Micheltorena founder and parent Dorit Dowler-Guerrero with Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
Dorothy Gale/Principal Furfari with Mr. LaBonge.
Marilyn and Charlie.
Charlie and Harpo!
Charlie (this guy's everywhere!) and Parent Al Guerrero.
Dictionary give-away from Wonder of Reading: brand new dictionaries for a brand new year!