We have AMAZING news to share!
Micheltorena has received two grants totaling $50,000! The first grant is called the SEEDS grant and is an LAUSD grant. The second grant was a matching grant from Bennett Kayser’s office.
Q: How did we get these grants?
A: Rebecca Feldman, parent to 1st grader Sylvie, has been working on this grant since August 2014. She found out about the SEEDS grant when inquiring about asphalt cuts for the trees and decided to apply.
Q: What are we going to do with all this money?
A: The purpose of the SEED grant is to create “garden ready” projects. Since we have been planning to have the two bungalows that are furthest away from the kinder yard removed this year, we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to make all of that space green. Because some of that space must be reclaimed for playspace we are turning about two thirds of it into a grass field AND the rest will be a native butterfly habitat. The grass will be surrounded by a half fence and will be an area for kids to play. The third bungalow will remain.
Q: Is anything not covered by the grant funding?
A: The plants in the butterfly habitat and the permeable pavers that will form a winding path in the habitat will be paid for by this year’s fundraising dollars so THANK YOU ALL for your support of Friends of Micheltorena.
Q: What can I do?
A: We are still raising money through the Micheltorena March-a-thon as well as other fundraising initiatives in order to cover the costs of trees for the Golden Gate entrance and in the bigger yard. Bigger trees cost upwards of several hundred dollars so donations are needed. Get your March-a-thon page set up and email friends if you haven’t already!
Q: When is this happening?
A: Planned groundbreaking for the outdoor green space is planned for fourth quarter of 2015 and estimated completion is right now TBD, but most likely sometime in 2016.
Q: Who can we thank for making this happen?
Aside from Rebecca Feldman, who chairs our Beautification Committee and applied for the grant, other shout outs go to Leonardo Chalupowicz, neighbor and great friend of Micheltorena who drew up plans and helped and will continue to help with the design and Kevin Montoya, our CPM. Finally, a huge thanks to Bennett Kayser’s office who matched the $25,000 SEEDS grant with another $25,000 enabling us to complete this project. Friends of Micheltorena is the organization behind the grant program.