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  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 | Filed under Engineering , School Garden Design , Science , REAL Supporters

     Students, teachers, and volunteer dig hole

    Do you dig?  Have you ever dug a hole with a child?  If not, then you should.  Just ask Principal Lockwood Terry and Ms. Johnny over at McNair Elementary in Dallas how many lessons a child learns from something as simple as a hole!  Thanks to sponsorship by Nike and the NFL Players Association, lots of holes were dug at the McNair Garden Installation last Saturday, but one of the most special was the hole for the pond.  This particular hole was started by volunteer labor from Dallas Independent School District.  The finishing touches were provided by Steve Moeller ...

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  • Monday, January 24, 2011 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Health and Nutrition , Community , REAL Supporters


    Thanks to the generosity of Whole Foods Market stores in North Texas, on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 5% of net sales from seven North Texas Whole Foods Market stores were designated to be donated to elementary school garden projects in the North Texas area.  The 5% Community Giving Day with Whole Foods Market raised a total of $25,598.20 to help sustain elementary school gardens in North Texas.

    When teachers take learning outdoors, children achieve greater success in school by becoming more engaged learners and more effective team members.  They are also introduced to healthy eating habits that will last ...

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  • Friday, January 21, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Science

    It’s cold!  But our compost pile is heating up.  Despite a windchill of 20º F (downright chilly for those of us in love with mild Texas winters), our office FBI (fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates) are hard at work converting last week’s kitchen scraps into next month’s soil.


    I’ve been tracking the temperature of our office compost pile over the past several months and have enjoyed the challenge of keeping the heat turned on.  I know why it works—microorganisms decomposing the organic material give off energy in the form of heat—but it still fascinates me every time ...

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  • Thursday, January 13, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Student Behavior


    After an outdoor science session in the garden/outdoor laboratory at Bowie Elementary with Mr. V., students fell out in droves having succumbed to being too smart. While in the succor of Delta, Theta and Alpha brainwaves the students dreamed of ways to change the world.

    Upon rest and recuperation students reviewed their dreams and they wholeheartedly agreed that respect for each other was the first priority of action followed by respect for the Earth and all living things. They declared there are plenty of resources to share with the world – let’s reduce, reuse and recycle materials to generate ...

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  • Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Student Behavior , Health and Nutrition , Language Arts , Social Studies , Science , Fine Arts


    A second grader at Withers Elementary in Dallas focuses intently on filling his journal with words to describe the world around him


    Nature’s beauty can be observed anywhere – from a park bench, favorite forest or even from your bedroom window.  Nature journaling helps you see the world around you in a new way.  The great thing about a nature journal is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it!  It’s your journal, and you make up the rules. 

    This first grader knows that natural pigments are great for coloring


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