Galaxy to visit local school for Earth Day

Donovan, Buddle to help build reading garden at elementary school

Off to a 4-0-0 start and boasting the best team in MLS, the Galaxy have plenty
to think about in the coming weeks.

But the club hasn't forgotten about its community. LA's likely World
Cup-bound star Landon Donovan will be one of four players present at a local
elementary school to help out with Earth Day festivities on Thursday.

Compton's Stephen C. Foster Elementary School
beat out other area elementary schools and will host a quartet of Galaxy
players this week.

The Galaxy won't make a token appearance either as four the club's most
important players will be on hand for the ceremony. Donovan will be joined by
MLS leading scorer Edson Buddle, 2009 Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez and
starting left back Todd Dunivant, and the Galaxy stars will help build a
reading garden at the school.

After Thursday's training session, the players will ditch their soccer
uniforms for some shovels and rakes to help build the garden.

Foster Elementary School could use the reading
garden to continue their steady educational growth. In 2006, the school's
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) were insufficient due to the school's
failure to test "a significant portion of students who were not exempt
from testing," according to the California Department of Education. Since
then, the school has exceeded targets set by the state with regards to test scores
each school year.

The reading garden was part of a collaborative effort by the Los Angeles
Galaxy Foundation, the Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home
Depot.

“The Home Depot recognizes and embraces a strong commitment to invest in
children,” Community Affairs Manager of The Home Depot Sherry Caraway said in a
statement. “Building this reading garden is one way we are delivering on that
promise, working to help more children grow and learn together in a safe,
healthy environment.”

Galaxy players will try and use the benefits from their goodwill outing to
generate some energy ahead of Saturday’s match in Kansas City. The Wizards lost a heartbreaking
match at Seattle,
losing 1-0 on a stoppage-time goal by the Sounders.