Playa Vista Elementary Upgrading Science Lab with Irvine Company Donation

PLAYA VISTA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2014 — Playa Vista Elementary School, a growing, 250-student school now in its second year, will be upgrading its science lab with a $10,000 donation from the Irvine Company designed to boost the school’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

The school is adding laboratory tables, live habitats and engineering kits to its science lab, which debuted with the school’s opening in fall 2012.

“The impact will be absolutely transformational for our curriculum,” said Principal Karina Salazar. “This upgrade of our science lab will be great not only for students but also for faculty, staff and families.”

The science lab upgrade comes at a key time for Playa Vista Elementary. The school serves a growing student population in Playa Vista, where an influx of families has increased the need for local education.The lab’s existing tables are set to be upgraded with certified laboratory tables that allow for chemical analysis exercises, including water sampling and pH acidity testing. Live habitats will let students study a variety of plants and animals.

The number of school-aged children in the area is set to grow as Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. continues work on the second phase of Playa Vista, a masterplanned community that is bringing more than 2,000 homes and apartments as well as parks, community facilities and a shopping center.

The $10,000 donation to Playa Vista Elementary comes from Newport Beach-based the Irvine Company, which is building an apartment community with about 1,500 homes at the second phase of Playa Vista. The apartment community is expected to be home to families of students at the school.

The donation is part of the Irvine Company’s support for education in the communities where it operates, said Robin Leftwich, vice president of community affairs for the company.

“We look forward to seeing the impact this gift has on the quality of science education at Playa Vista Elementary,” Leftwich said.