Project: Clean Water
Franklin Elementary School
Make your campus ocean friendly!
The workday happened on Saturday, February 26 as part of the annual Spirit Awards for independent films. The site is Franklin Elementary School at 2400 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA. We got the approval from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to remove the turf and plants from in front of the cafeteria.
Our program partners, G3, did the garden design and workday coordination. Tom Stout of Tom Stout Landscaping (and a G3 Certified Professional) was the landscape contractor on the project.G3 also asked landscape professionals (members of the the LA District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers) to volunteer their time and lead teams of volunteers. Thanks to hard work, a good plan and professional assistance, we got the work done! Oh, and ELLE/Aveeno treated the volunteers to special after-party eats and spa treatment.
If you're planning to do anything on campus you need to first check with the school adminstration. The most challenging aspect with this specific project was getting approval from the school district, but that was related to the scale and higher profile partners.
Paul Herzog is a Surfrider Foundation staff member who coordinates and assist our OFG programs.
Tom Stout owns Tom Stout Landscaping
Promotion & Documentation
This specific event was unique because we teamed with ELLE Magazine and Aveeno so we got an extra bit of promotion through their resources.
We documented the event on Surfrider Foundation's OFG Blog. It can be accessed in the link under the Resources section.
The Santa Monica Patch also provied coverage http://santamonica.patch.com/articles/franklin-elementary-school-gets-beautified-see-pics#photo-5078618
Paul Herzog, Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Garden Coordinator
The City of Santa Monica provided funding through their sustainabile landscape rebate program.
ChapterNET intranet Program section. http://chapternet.surfrider.org/ The information can be found under the Program header section called QUAD.