E.M. Stanton School Receives Community Design Collaborative Grant
E.M. Stanton Elementary School was selected for a service grant from the Community Design Collaborative (CDC). The grant will allow Stanton to engage a team of volunteer design professionals to create a sustainable masterplan for greening the school’s exterior schoolyard. The goal of the project is to provide a safe, healthy space for the students to play; enhance the curriculum by expanding the school’s gardening program to all grade levels; minimize stormwater runoff by incorporating rain gardens and native plants; encourage community engagement by providing seating and benches for parents and caregivers; and reflect the cultural arts theme by incorporating art, sculpture, murals, and multiple senses/sound into the design. The project scope will also incorporate programming for Carpenter Green, a vacant lot across the street from the Stanton schoolyard (17th & Carpenter) that is slated to become permanent passive green space for the neighborhood. The project will take six months to complete and will include a task force of neighborhood and community stakeholders, as well as representatives from City agencies. E.M. Stanton collaborated with the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) to pursue the grant, which will leverage pro bono design services valued at $20,000-$30,000.
Posted: April 30, 2013