Dr. Maya Angelou who celebrates her 86th birthday this week is considered one of the most brilliant creative voices of the last century. Author, actress, poet, film producer, professor, voice for civil rights, and recipient of the highest civilian award in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Angelou has inspired generations to achieving more.
Under direction of science teacher Ms. Melissa Naponalli the student led program by members of the Maya Angelou High School Environmental Club offers participants lessons in leadership, community activism and environmental stewardship.
To help the school’s innovative student leaders start their first gardening project the collaboration includes California Greenworks, a grant from LADWP and community partner Home Depot. California Greenworks will assist with the planning and implementation process of an urban water conservation garden.
The project will utilize drought tolerant plants, materials and water conservation measures which will reduce the amount of water needed to supply plants nutrients over time, and create a learning space for students while offering environmental benefits by attracting butterfly and bird life to the garden. The project will also include a plaque dedicated to the school.
The actual planting is scheduled in collaboration with Earth Day weekend, which is being celebrated on April 19th, 2014.
California Greenworks (http://californiagreenworks.org/
Those interested in supporting the improvement of quality of life and environment in urban communities across South L.A. can show their support and make a tax deductible donation via the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for funding the Dr. Maya Angelou sustainable garden, Hyde Park Blvd. beautification project, and outreach to other local schools.
California Greenworks’ CEO, Mike Meador says “It’s an honor for us to be able to support the next generation in improving their community, and recognizing Dr. Maya Angelou in this way”, and “While great strides are being made by students and teachers in South Los Angeles, everyone can make a difference, even by just being generous with their Facebook likes and Tweets of the new crowdfunding campaign”.
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