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  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | Filed under Volunteering , Parent Paricipation , Educators , Community , REAL Teacher Journal , REAL Supporters

    A new school year has started with subtle yet significant changes to the REAL School Garden education program.  New “Evergreen Training” name, but the goal remains the same.  As we prepare for the new garden coordinator meeting, I can’t help to reflect on this sustainability flow I wrote before our May 2014 Garden Coordinator meeting.  Sustainability or maintenance of the teaching garden seems to be a common topic of concern and interest for our outdoor learning leaders.

     As experts in the garden-based education movement, we aspire to work with instructional leaders, teachers, and garden coordinators to:

    • Appreciate gardens as resources ...

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  • Friday, July 11, 2014 | Filed under Volunteering , Language Arts , Educators , Lesson Plans , Science , REAL Teacher Journal , Math

    Friday, June 6th – Lee Elementary Full Day Professional Development



    Helping out with the teacher training was a very unique experience for me.  Having learned quite a bit about REAL School Gardens through my Nature of Giving course at TCU, I was very much looking forward to working here this summer.  From the beginning, I have been very open to helping out wherever needed and learning more about not only a wonderful, innovative organization, but growing in my nonprofit skills.  Getting to see a first teacher training happen was a blessing, and ended up teaching me more than ...

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  • Friday, December 20, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Environmental Stewardship , Educators , Community , REAL Teacher Journal , REAL Supporters

    At our most recent Holiday Christmas lunch at a local sweet salad spot,  The REAL School staff gathered around a wooden, from the trees, table each having a box with a word inside.  The task was to open and share what the word meant in your life both in the past and the future. Venezuela - Change - Matt - Gratitude - Ellen - Commitment- Scott - Compassion - Sarah - Health - V - Sacrifice - D.J. Moe - Inspire - Shawn - Courage -  J Cross - Adventure - LeCompost - Happiness  


    The words were randomly ...

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  • Monday, August 19, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters

    Botanical Interests  

    Botanical Interests has once again made a kind donation to REAL School Gardens this year that includes an impressive amount of seed packets!  What comes next?  We will need all the volunteers we can get to sort out thousands of seed packets for this upcoming school year.  No heavy lifting or hours of standing around necessary.  You can add these hours to your resume, required school volunteer hours or just come out for a plain ‘ol good time!  Feel free to come and go as necessary during the business hours of 8a.m.-6p.m.  Other hours ...

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  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Health and Nutrition , Community , Smart Potatoes

    Hi!  I'm James Reed, the summer intern at REAL School Gardens.  Welcome to my office.  

    James Wrangles Chickens and KidsHere, you will be hard pressed to find eye straining fluorescents, barricading cubicles, or endless filing cabinets. My office space is rather spacious and designed specifically to be engaging. Living the life of a Corporate Engagement Intern at REAL School Gardens, I work in outdoor classrooms (learning gardens), but I also cultivate relationships with businesspeople across the Metroplex.  At REAL School Gardens, a good day’s work and a job well done mean a multitude of things…  and if you don’t feel accomplished at the ...

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , Family Activities


    As a college student, I can be the first to admit that I spend way too much time inside, glued to a computer screen, or texting on my cell phone. Adults struggle with getting outdoors and in turn, children are having the same struggle. Ronda Grimes, in the video posted below, gets right to the point when she says that our children are living in a world of technology that hinders their ability to get outside and actually enjoy that time outdoors. Here at REAL School Gardens, we think it's not only important for kids to be outdoors but ...

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  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Student Behavior , Community , Instructional Aids , Science , REAL Supporters , Smart Potatoes



    REAL School Gardens, Surgical Care Affiliates, The United Way and Richardson Bike Mart were part of an amazing occasion held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the children of the organization, Bea’s Kids.  This event was created to increase interest in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.  This event not only reached out to the areas of STEM, but it also gave the kids confidence and a feeling of accomplishment after creating each project. 



    With around 200 volunteers and about eighty children involved, ...

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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , REAL Supporters


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  On Monday, January 21, 2013, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in honor of Dr. King Jr.’s legacy.  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the MLK Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. []  Going beyond providing community service on just one day out of the year, Dr. King Jr. calls us to continue to serve our neighbors and communities throughout the year. 


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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Student Behavior , School Garden Installation , Educators , Community

    Saturday was my first “Big Dig” with REAL School Gardens.  Those are the days where we join our partners to create a learning garden at a low income school.  It was cold.  It was rainy. It was muddy.  And I loved it.


    As the new marketing and communications director, I was there to get a sense of how these community-powered events work.  I was also getting some fresh photos for the website.  To get these pictures, I asked one of our educators, Eric Vanderbeck (a.k.a. Mr. V), to do some of his hands-on lessons with 12 kids whose ...

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  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Filed under Volunteering , School Garden Installation , School Garden Design , Community , REAL Supporters

    A recent assessment of student performance over the first six years of our program (2003-2009) showed that schools with a REAL School Garden had average passing rates on the Science TAKS test that were more than 5% higher than those without a learning garden.  The assessment was conducted by Professor Dale Boisso at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

    Before a school gets to benefit from their learning garden a lot has to happen!  For example, at William Cabell Elementary in Dallas, with generous donations from United Way and Bank of America, we are preparing their large courtyard for their ...

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