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  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Filed under

    Kuddos to our community volunteer and Master Gardener Kali.  On April 22nd she joined us in Celebrating Earth Day.  She spent her entire day with our school sharing her knowledge and planting shrubs with our students, parents and teachers.

    She came back that same evening for our Science Night-Earth Friendly Make and Take Celebration.  Again, she shared her expertise at the Recylable Planter station.  Students and parents had the opportunity to plant vegtables or herbs seeds so they too could start a garden at home.

     

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  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Filed under

    April 22nd The Goodman Community came together to Celebrate Earth Day.  We planted over 120 shrubs in our outdoor learning garden.  Families, community and staff made this event a success.  Students from Pre-K through 6th Grade all participated and parents had the special opportunity to plant their shrub as a family.  The joy and appreciation for the outdoors was quite visible and audible in the laughter and smiling faces of children, parents, guardians, and teachers.

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  • Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    Four students from Dr. Aftandilian's TCU class enlightened a 2nd grade class at Hubbard Heights Elementary School about where food comes from. The TCU students explained how food is produced, processed, and then transported. After being introduced to the process, the class learned about certain kinds of food including corn, strawberries, wheat, and tomatoes. The TCU students presented fact cards and picture cards in which the elementary students had to match facts to pictures.

    When engaged in a discussion with his teacher about corn being used in candy, 8-year-old Nathan said, "Sometimes corn is good and sometimes it's bad." Other ...

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  • Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    The principal Elda Gonzalez from R.J. Wilson Elementary School showed me a 3x5 foot quilt that was made of muslin cloth and stuffed with the cotton that was grown in the garden. The quilt was signed by several hundred students that participated and helped in the garden to grow and harvest the cotton plants and the art class created some beautiful drawings on it. Lastly, the seeds from the cotton harvest are being used to grow this year’s crop. Best recent example of the plant cycle in use and renewable resources from the Earth, both examples are TEKS based science ...

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  • Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    I can’t help but add one more entry here about the four gentlemen from the I.M. Terrell Alumni Association that built the picnic tables for the garden.  Armed with saws, drills, cedar, and crude instructions Clinton Thomas (left), James Mallard, Eddie McKinney (right), and James L. Sloan spent the day applying their carpentry skills for the benefit of the next generation of I.M. Terrell students.  “We can’t do it unless we do it together,” Mr. Sloan remarked as we discussed the progress being made.  You can say that again!

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  • Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    When I asked principal Dickerson what she thought the best part of the community garden design process was she replied simply, “The community.”  She went on to mention that multiple generations were represented from three year olds to seventy three year olds, alumni, students, volunteers from Tarrant County Juvenile Services, adopt a school partners from the local church, Chesapeake, news media, State Senator Wendy Davis, City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks and Haily Summerford, Director of Public Engagement for Fort Worth ISD.  The entire I.M. Terrell staff was present, including custodial staff, except for one sick, one at school, and another at ...

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  • Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    It never ceases to amaze me how much pride students take in building their gardens.  Each time I witness a small child using every ounce of concentration and strength he or she possesses on getting a wheelbarrow full of soil from one side of the garden to the other, my heart fills up.  Sappy, but true.

    Take for example, these two self-declared “Kings of the Garden” who worked constantly from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon shoveling, dumping, moving, sweating.  Davion Harper (right) is a 2nd grade student at I.M. Terrell Elementary School.  His mother, Tiffany Lynch, ...

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  • Thursday, April 1, 2010 | Filed under Student Behavior , Language Arts , Fine Arts , Math

    One of the things I love most about my job at REAL School Gardens is getting to witness over and over again the power of community.  On Saturday, March 27, 2010 we installed a garden at Hobbs Williams Elementary School in Grand Prairie, TX.  Among those present were over 30 Boy Scouts who had convened as part of Eivan Ram’s Eagle Scout project.  As I spoke with Eivan, a student at Dubiski High School in Grand Prairie, I was overwhelmed by the community spirit.  Eivan had contacted Tammy Chan who works with the City of Grand Prairie to see if ...

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