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Beautify Buffum For Our Kids

Project GoalThe projects' goals are: - To make the physical learning environment more inviting and engaging for children with special needs; and - To create an environment which facilitates peer interactions and development of social/play skills leading to increased social awareness and cognitive devlelopment.
Location DescriptionBuffum originally served as an elementary school (1980 – 2011) and was designed primarily with the needs of typically developing children ages 5 – 11 years in mind. Since 2011, and its reestablishment as an LBUSD preschool, minimal modifications were made in order to provide outdoor play spaces more appropriate for a preschool aged population of children (e.g. installed fencing around play areas). However, Buffum now serves primarily children with a variety of special needs including autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and other physical and health impairments (which may involve use of wheelchairs, walkers and other adaptive equipment). These children would benefit greatly from additional improvements/changes to the current environment.
Location OwnerLong Beach Unified School District (LBUSD)
Address2350 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815
EventSharefest Workday 2016
Recipient OrganizationBuffum Total Learning Center
Volunteer Organization(s)Buffum Total Learning Center
Kaiser Permanente
Contacts
Principal: Miriam Garcia:
562.498.2431(W) mgarcia@lbschools.net

Project Manager: Rachel Baraona:
562.235.5733(M)   rbaraona@lbschools.net

Project Activities
Type Volunteers Needed Family Friendly
Painting: Mural 8 No
Paint murals on exterior walls facing the playground, incorporating the school mascot (Buffum bear) and possibly multicultural themes and/or different ecosystems. An artist has been identified to complete one wall.
Painting: Exterior 23 Yes
Painting paw prints, shapes, numbers, flowers on pavement to help students line up in groups/classrooms
Painting: Blacktop 10 Yes
• Playground: paint themed ground murals –river/bridge (e.g. to facilitate understanding and using prepositions); painting/creating different environments/ecosystems trees/flowers/forest, city – adapt currently unused basketball hoops, tetherball poles and handball walls to create exploratory/interactive/pretend play areas (e.g. open/shut flaps and “windows” on handball walls) • Fenced area: Numbers, shapes, colors.
Building: Sheds 20 No
Paint and refurbish shed and pergola. Embellish and decorate interior of school buildings.
Other: Fence Cups 10 Yes
Design patterns and place cups in chain-link fence to uplift and add color.
Admin: Hospitality 5 Yes
Host a Community Outreach BBQ for neighbors, students, staff and their families to foster positive relationships and unveil the completed mural(s)/projects. Assistance needed to coordinate volunteers and help with food service, registration process and etc.
Admin: Media 5 No
Coordinate and implement a media plan to solicit participation and donations, and to document the Workday Project(s).
Landscaping: Planting 32 No
Rebuild our student garden with ecofriendly plants and edibles.
Images
Aud cafe
Blacktop
Blacktop hoops handball
Bldg a
Shed
Bldg c blank wall
Bldg c