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Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation announces 2012 Reading Garden Challenge

Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation to Partner with The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and The Home Depot to Give Local Elementary Schools the Chance to Earn a Reading Garden

CARSON, Calif.  – The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation is inviting Carson, Compton, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Torrance area elementary schools to participate in the 2012 Reading Garden Challenge, a joint initiative of the Galaxy Foundation, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation, and The Home Depot. This will be the fourth consecutive year in which the Galaxy Foundation will build a Reading Garden at a local elementary school. The Reading Garden is designed to give children an enjoyable environment in which they can read while instilling a life-long love of reading. 

The Reading Garden Challenge encourages schools and students (grades K-5) to focus on Earth Day (April 22) as part of their literacy efforts by reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and creating 8.5” x 11” posters based on one of the following environmentally friendly themes: Protecting the Environment, Keeping the Planet Green and Recycling.

The top five schools with the most posters submitted reflecting the themes will be 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. All students who participate in the challenge will be rewarded with a Reading Garden Challenge Certificate.

Schools interested in participating should review the challenge criteria and download the poster guidelines. (CLICK HERE) Past winners include President Avenue Elementary School, Stephen C. Foster Elementary School and Leapwood Avenue Elementary School.

For more information on the Reading Garden Challenge and to view images from last year’s Reading Garden at Leapwood Avenue Elementary School in Carson, please click here. For additional information about the Challenge and how you can participate, please contact Gloria King, LA Galaxy Foundation Director, at (310) 630-2200.

This year’s Reading Garden will be built utilizing proceeds from last year’s How Suite It Is! Fundraiser, presented by Gentleman Jack and sponsored by The Home Depot, Code 4 Media Group, and Watson Land Company.