Real Stories
  • Friday, March 27, 2009 | Filed under

    We began our journey in October, with the students and classrooms creating illustrations of their dream garden.  We then took those wonderful ideas and joined them with community ideas at two dinner meetings hosted by REAL School Gardens.  Scott Feille, REAL School Garden’s program director, spoke with DES families about what an Outdoor Learning Environment will do for our students’ education and how it will bring our community together in a meaningful way.  Kerry Renta, REAL School Garden’s landscape architect, then took our designs and incorporated similar features into a beautiful layout.  A third meeting was held with the DES ...

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  • Monday, March 23, 2009 | Filed under

    Elementary teachers (grades K-2 and 3-5) from the Grand Prairie Independent School District worked with experts from Life Lab Science on Saturday, February 21, 2009.  Sponsored by REAL School Gardens, about 60 educators gathered at Barbara Bush Elementary School for this professional development event.  As one participant reported, “I liked the real-life applications you brought.  We can really use this!”  The Life Lab Science Program is nationally acknowledged as a leader in the development and dissemination of science and garden-centered educational programs.

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  • Monday, March 23, 2009 | Filed under Student Behavior

    On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, about twenty-three counselors in the Grand Prairie Independent School District met to learn ways to use school gardens in their counseling program.  Led by expert, Dr. Joe Novak from Texas A&M University, the counselors participated in a variety of activities. Dr. Novak’s studies emphasize the use of garden projects to improve the quality of life for both children and adults.

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  • Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Community

    Last fall Westcliff Elementary students from Pk to 5th grade planted onion bulbs and cabbages in our school garden.  We had such a mild winter that we were able to harvest that crop in mid February.

    We began counting all the onions and noticed we had about 60 -70 plants and about 12 cabbage heads of varying sizes.  We wondered what to do with all that produce..  At a faculty meeting our music teacher Ms. Cox  mentioned her church had a food pantry for needy folks called the May Street Market.   She talked to them and they said they would be delighted ...

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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Filed under

    “BEE”ing  a Volunteer in Family Garden Club!

    Now if you look closely at the first word in the title you can tell that this article will probably be about “Bees” and “bee”ing a volunteer in the Garden isn’t always about people.

    On Sunday, March 8, 2009, Mom and I went to the garden to do some volunteer work.  When we arrived Mrs. Rosenthal/Master Gardener showed us something very interesting.  We went towards the variegated privet bush and saw a swarm of bees on the bush.  It was as wide & tall as a piece of notebook paper.  Some of the ...

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