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Glassell Park 4th Graders present their idea for a water-wise community

Photo courtesy Jose Lozano, LA Sanitation

GLASSELL PARK — A trio of students  from Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts headed to City Hall recently to present their concept for a water-wise community designed for a riverfront site near their campus.

Their presentation was part of  the Young Citizen Artists Project, which involves students in real-life design issues, said fourth grade teacher Anna Soffer.  This year, the students from Los Feliz Charter and three other schools were challenged with the question: “How can we capture, reuse, and conserve water in our communities?”

In this case, the Soffer’s students used Parcel G 2, the approximately 40-acre former rail yard that will be turned into parkland along the L.A. River, as the site of their hypothetical community.  Soffer describes how the fourth grade students approached this project:

“Students Audrey-Nouvel Erdeylan, Delailah Lopez, and Christos Beltran designed a Tiny Home Community situated on the recently acquired G2 parcel. The community is complete with native plants, an organic vegetable garden, solar panels, and a rainwater capture system that stores rainwater underground for use in a gray water system.

Students contacted stakeholders, defined a problem that needed solving, created blueprints, got feedback from the City’s Department of Sanitation’s engineers, made prototypes of their designs, and finally presented their designs to a panel of experts in the Public Works Department of City Hall.”

“All of the designs were fabulous and students learned a great deal about LA’s water needs and how water moves around and out of the city,” said  Soffer in an email. “My greatest hope is that their takeaway is if they do their research and present their ideas in a thoughtful manner, people will listen.”

Photo courtesy Jose Lozano, LA Sanitation

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  1. Good work, students! Thanks to their teachers and others who support them, and to The Eastsider for publishing their story.

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