Real Stories
  • Friday, May 29, 2009 | Filed under

    In the fall 2008, shortly after school had started, the kids and I discovered a bunch of twisty, tangely vines in the community garden.  Many of them asked, "what are those round, green things?".  I was shocked, but intrigued so we talked about fruits and vegetables, about how they grow on trees, plants and vines.  Eventually, after much discussion one or two in each group figured out they were watermelons.  It is true, the melons were only slightly smaller than a basketball and dark green on the outside, so they didn't look like the typical grocery store watermelon.

     We watched ...

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  • Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Filed under

    When Colleyville Elementary School opened the doors on its new campus in August, 2007, everything was perfect.........well almost perfect.  You see, the old campus had an Outdoor Learning Center and the new campus did not.  That is when the PTA decided to commit time and money toward seeing the dream of a new garden on the new campus. 

    The effort was led by PTA Campus Beautification Chairman, Melanie Clardy, who began by asking the teachers what they wanted.  Responses included native plants, butterfly plants, trees that show the seasons and a place to sit in the shade.  A plan was ...

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  • Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | Filed under

    David E. Smith held its REAL School Garden installation day on Saturday, April 18th in Haltom City, Texas.  After removing two 100 foot tarps that saved the day from becoming a muddy mess, over 160 volunteers braved the wet conditions to begin building the garden.  Staff, students, parents and community members worked side by side to construct walkways and flower beds, move boulders, build a storage shed and layout a large brick patio.  Many students learned what teamwork is really all about, as the blank courtyard transformed into a beautiful area in just a few hours.

    Volunteers ranged from 2 ...

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  • Monday, May 4, 2009 | Filed under

    On April 15th, 2009, Arthur Ashe Jr., Elementary School began working on our P.R.I.D.E. Garden, led by Ms. Beth Stanford-Gunter (fourth grade), Ms. Michelle McQuown (third grade), and Mrs. Erika Clarke (fifth grade).

    P.R.I.D.E. stands for Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort (created by our principal, Dr. Dana Bost), and our work in the garden will give us an opportunity to reflect on the qualities of good citizenship and community.

    The garden is organic and will allow us to create a space for every grade in the school to use across the curriculum. For example, children can record observations about life ...

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