Leapwood Avenue Elementary School in Carson wins 2011 Reading Garden Challenge

Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot to build Reading Garden

CARSON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot announced today that Leapwood Avenue Elementary School in Carson, Calif., is the winner of the 2011 Reading Garden Challenge and as a result will have a Reading Garden built on the campus of their school.

The Reading Garden Challenge encouraged schools and students (grades K-5) to focus on Earth Day by reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax as part of the NEA’s Lorax project student Earth Day and creating posters based on one of the following environmentally friendly themes: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, Save a Tree, Don’t Waste Water, and Conserve Energy. The top five schools with the most posters submitted reflecting the themes were entered into a random drawing conducted by the LA Galaxy Foundation, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot to have a Reading Garden built at their school.

“We are pleased to once again partner with The Home Depot Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot to encourage students to read and learn about protecting the environment,” said Gloria King, Director of the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation. “We are very excited that Leapwood Avenue Elementary School, a local Carson school, will be this year’s recipient.”

The Reading Garden will be built the week of April 11 with volunteers from the LA Galaxy, The Home Depot Center and The Home Depot. Additionally, various workshops will be conducted at the school with students as part of the Reading Garden preparations.

In support of the Reading Garden, SouthBay Pavilion Mall, located at 20700 Avalon Blvd. in Carson, Calif. will display the top four (4) entries from Leapwood Avenue Elementary School between Wednesday, April 20 and Sunday, April 24.

The Reading Garden is funded with proceeds from the 2010 How Suite It Is! fundraiser, and contributions from the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot. In addition, Lakeshore Learning Materials, as a contributing sponsor, will be donating seat cushions for the Reading Garden.

On Saturday, August 20, the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation will host the 2011 How Suite It Is! fundraiser prior to the Galaxy’s home game against the San Jose Earthquakes to raise funds for additional Reading Gardens.

For more information on the Reading Garden Challenge and to view images from last year’s Reading Garden, please click here.