Real Stories
  • Thursday, October 27, 2011 | Filed under Community , REAL Supporters

    On October 19, 2011, our friends at Blue Mesa Grill-Fort Worth hosted  REAL School Gardens and our guests for Tacos on the Patio to benefit north Texas school gardens. With the help of many supporters, we enjoyed our time which included a silent auction and other prizes.


    Many thanks to the staff at Blue Mesa Grill who helped make this event such a big success.  We appreciate all of the support Blue Mesa provided REAL School Gardens to plan and implement this community happy hour. 

    We also want to send out a big thank you to our donors who ...

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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | Filed under Educators , School Garden Design , Community

    Several hundred children from Gabe P. Allen Elementary, Pershing Elementary and Nathan Adams Elementary in Dallas participated in their school's garden design contests in September.  Three winners at each school presented their design ideas to a group of 50 parents, teachers and community volunteers who had gathered with REAL School Gardens to plan their learning gardens.  The children's drawings and ideas were very creative and will be used to create their learning gardens! 


    While it was inspiring to see all the creative ideas, what I found most surprising was how much the children learned in the process!  I heard from the teachers that children had learned ...

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  • Monday, October 24, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Student Behavior , Health and Nutrition , Language Arts , Community , Social Studies , Science , Math

    Students at T.A. Sims Elementary (Fort Worth ISD) hear the calling

    Nature has information she wants to share with you about the world and your place in it; she wants to offer you awe and wonder; she has things to share. We need to know that nature is the foundation of the arts and sciences; she offers exploratory learning through observation, inquiry, discovery and investigation. Nature will direct us to rigorous thinking, real world relevance and relationships between all her bounties and creations.


     Author Clifford Knapp offers these principles of indigenous (natural) wisdom to be enveloped by nature:

    1. ...

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  • Monday, October 17, 2011 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , REAL Supporters



    On, Friday, October 14, 2011, a group of volunteers from AXA Advisors in Fort Worth came out to Westcliff Elementary to help restore the school garden to the wonderful outdoor learning classroom that will raise hope, spark imaginations and connect the Westcliff Elementary students to nature.  The volunteers worked diligently and expeditiously weeding perennial and vegetable beds, planting new Texas native perennials, watering the plants, adding mulch to the plant beds and installing some tree cookies for seating in the garden.  Photos from the service project are available to view below.     





    The ...

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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Filed under Engineering , Sustainability and Funding , Instructional Aids , Science

    Our friends at First Choice Power wanted us to share with all of you that they have a $2,000 energy grant opportunity available for schools.  The focus of these grants is energy efficiency, and First Choice Power is encouraging projects that provide opportunities for students to learn about different types of energy and how to conserve energy.

     Pond with solar panel

    Solar energy is being harvested in the garden at Hobbs Williams Elementary in Grand Prairie!

    So, if you've been thinking about getting a solar-powered water pump for your school's pond or if you have other ideas about how to incorporate energy (or ...

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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | Filed under Science

    …we know exactly what we are doing at David E. Smith Elementary in Haltom City, Texas; after all, we’re 2nd graders. We would like for you to think that our studies involved dendrochronology, the method of dating based on analyzing the patterns of tree rings. The patterns of concentric tree rings can be read in most trees because there is a ring of spring wood and a ring of summer wood throughout the trees growth for the number of years that it is living and these rings can be seen when the tree is cut by cross section. ...

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  • Friday, October 7, 2011 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Community , REAL Supporters

    This year’s North Texas Giving Day was so successful that it has taken several weeks to count up all of the donations made to non-profits in our region.  When the dust settled, the response to this year’s event was unprecedented and inspiring.  On September 15, 600 North Texas non-profits received an amazing $10.7 million in donations. 



    The REAL School Gardens community seized this opportunity to make an investment in our children. 88 individuals from across North Texas—and across the United States—braved the crowded digital pathways to make gifts that will help keep our gardens growing. Together, ...

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