Students and volunteers from Short Avenue Elementary School in Mar Vista will plant 80 trees throughout the school campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 4th, and Saturday, November 5th.

The school is at 12814 Maxella Ave., Mar Vista, and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

More than 100 volunteers from Short Avenue, Venice High School, and Loyola Marymount University will participate.

LAUSD board of education member Marlene Canter is scheduled to attend a ceremony Friday morning as students plant the first tree. Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is scheduled to help volunteers plant trees on Saturday.

TreePeople, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and The Home Depot sponsor the events.

The school beautification project was funded by a donation from the Anne and Kirk Douglas Foundation and from school fundraising efforts. A recent pancake breakfast brought in more than $10,000 to help fund the program.

Other efforts in the beautification project include newly painted murals by Francisco Segura of dolphins — the school mascot — on school handball courts.

The school kindergarten yard also received new playground equipment.

Also new on the Short Avenue campus is a satellite after-school program run by Beyond the Bell and the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Students can participate in after-school activities without cost.

Information, (310) 827-2056.

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