I Am TreePeople: Josephine Yadegar

The Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles is going through some big changes. Once a working-class community of second and third generation immigrant families, Highland Park is now on the front lines of the gentrification battle in Los Angeles. Small family-run businesses are now trendy bars and nightclubs, neighborhood restaurants now foodie pop-ups.

Tucked away off the main hustle and bustle of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, is San Pasqual Avenue Elementary school. Here, a collection of wonderful teachers is working hard to provide the best for the children of both long-time residents and newcomers.Read more >>

Mulching Trees, Feeding Minds

In the shadow of the hustle and bustle of the old Hollywood Park Casino ground’s transformation into the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium sits Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood.

The school, located at the site of a former church, recently finished stage one of a three-stage retrofit to bring new learning opportunities to its students. The new two-story building made of recycled shipping containers offers 10 new classrooms and a replica creek bed lined with native trees and flowers stretching across the front of the property.Read more >>

Greening Asphalt-Covered Schools: It Never Gets Old

When I walked into the school office, armed with my spray paint and tape measure, I was greeted by Jorge Alvarez, one of the Victoria Avenue Elementary School Green Team members. “Are we marking the asphalt today?” You would’ve thought it was Christmas, the way his face lit up when I said yes. “Let me come with you,” he volunteered.

We walked together, marking the corners of the tree wells, measuring, and all the while starting to “see” the trees. “Won’t it be great when the kids come out that door and a tree will be the first thing they see ahead of them on the playground?” asked Jorge.… Read more >>