reDiscover Gets the Power of Ten (and Tennis Balls)

DlAmWnLoFWm9qiHqL1G3umo_X5OgMYJFh1arbMeSyB8On the tenth day, of the tenth month of their tenth year the reDiscover Center on Washington Boulevard gathered friends and supporters to celebrate and look forward. Director Mary Beth Trautwien, (Pictured left with City Council Member Jim Clarke and reDiscover teacher Jonathan Bijur) was delighted to commemorate the past and plan for the future.
City Councilman Jim Clarke presented a commendation to the group, “I congratulate on the achievement of your 10th anniversary in Culver City. Your dedication to resourcefulness, conservation, creativity, and community engagement mirrors the goals of the City and you are heartily commended for your efforts to make Culver City a more sustainable place to live.” JimClarke went on to mention his personal connection to the center as a donor of used tennis balls.

Director, Mary Beth Trautwein told the group, “It may be a small thing – to save used tennis balls – but these still have a use and purpose! They are very popular with teachers and we used many this summer in our Tinkering School camp as kids made rolling machines. Simple donations like these make it possible for kids to explore and learn thr ough hand-on projects.”
reDiscover, started by a small group of parents and preschools, seeks to serve Los Angeles
youth with clean reusable discards and through arts-integrated education programs. Local
art teacher Julianna Ostrovsky was present at the event, “The reusable materials I find here
feed the minds of young children and the creative energy of the space is palpable — just
look around!” All evening long children and adults participated in assemblage art projects big and small.
As the reDiscover Center looks to the next ten years it is bolstered by an array of support from the Herb Alpert Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Murad Family Foundation, LA County Arts Commission, Abbot Kinney Festival Association and the Santa Monica Rotary Club totaling more than $30,000. To support their growth they are also seekinginterested and qualified people to join the Board of Directors to support and guide the expansion of programs.
The reDiscover Center is located at 12958 W. Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90066. Public hours
are Saturdays, 11am to 5pm. For more information is available at 310-393-3636 or
[email protected].

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