Beethoven Street Elementary School in Mar Vista celebrated the opening of a new outdoor classroom garden called the Learning Terrace Thursday, February 1st. The Learning Terrace was made possible by a grant to the Friends of Beethoven Booster Club from the City of Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification.

Asphalt outside the school that had become cracked has been replaced with an outdoor open-air educational environment.

Learning Terrace is at the school’s entranceway and features tiered seating.

Attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony were Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl; Marlene Canter, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board of education; and Michael Espinoza, from the Office of Community Beautification.

Friends of Beethoven is a nonprofit organization of Beethoven Street Elementary School parents who raise money to supplement school program and partner with community organizations to improve the classroom and campus environment.

For the 2006-2007 school year, Friends of Beethoven has also been selected to receive a second Community Beautification Grant to create “Beethoven Community Square” outside the campus auditorium.

Built in 1947, the school has been the focus of numerous beautification projects undertaken by parents, faculty and the Mar Vista community.

Information, www.friendsof