Real Stories
  • Monday, November 28, 2011 | Filed under Educators , Family Activities , REAL Supporters , Math

    Looking for ways to take advantage of the academics of Autumn?  Here are a few ideas:

    Prekindergarten to 1st graders will enjoy sorting through leaves, classifying them by shape, color, or size.


    Young students at Lipscomb Elementary sorting leaves.

    Young learners can practice their basic patterns using the leaves that they collected in their outdoor classroom.

    "Fall Patterns"

    Young students can gather weather data and collect evidence of the season by taping a “specimen” in their science journal.

    "November 16th, windy, cool, cold, cloudy.  In autumn, the leaves fall"

    Students can practice their data collection and graphing skills by collecting leaves and using tally ...

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  • Monday, November 21, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Sustainability and Funding , Community , REAL Supporters


    We are honored to have been chosen by our local Backwoods outdoor sports gear retailer as their charity of choice for the 1% for the Planet initiative designed to support local environmentally-minded organizations.  For the month of November, the purchase of Patagonia products at the Fort Worth Backwoods store will give REAL School Gardens an opportunity to be the recipient of a $3,000 donation from Backwoods and Patagonia’s 1% for the Planet campaign.

    Getting kids outside is what we do.  We know that not only does time spent outdoors have a positive impact on academic achievement and ...

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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Community , REAL Supporters

    On November 3, REAL School Gardens was honored to be named as one of two "Neighborhood Builders" in Tarrant County by Bank of America.  This award is given annually to a non-profit which is addressing local neighborhood priorities in an innovative and effective way.  We were recognized for our success using learning gardens to improve education at high-poverty elementary schools while at the same time promoting healthy habits and energizing community participation in schools.

    We are excited to share with you a video created by Bank of America which shows more about our work and the impact it ...

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  • Friday, November 11, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Instructional Aids , Science




     This is a story of a day’s teaching in one of Real School Gardens 81 elementary schools. The school and characters are real and the situation is authentic but the students’ identities must be protected lest this faux pas (false step) follow them through the years and cause angst forevermore. The following story is a perfect example of why we are in need of getting our young students outside to understand and recognize nature’s beauty, majesty and wonder and the science intertwined in all of it.

     The teaching day started out well, beautiful weather and happy students ...

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  • Friday, November 4, 2011 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , Science , REAL Supporters , Math

    Mixed Gourmet Greens at IM Terrell Elementary 

     Leaf lettuce growing at I.M. Terrell Elementary (Fort Worth ISD). (photo credit: Matt Rainwater) 

    “What process will our vegetables go through to get from our garden to being served to patrons?”—a great question asked by one of Meadowbrook Elementary’s 5th graders who—along with his after school Garden Club classmates— has been carefully cultivating beans, turnips, and lettuce to be ultimately harvested and then prepared by an award-winning chef in a popular downtown restaurant known for its classic American fare. 

    On Friday, November 11th, GRACE Restaurant will host the 2nd Annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner in ...

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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | Filed under Volunteering , Environmental Stewardship , School Garden Installation , Educators , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters


    The school community of Gabe P. Allen Elementary Charter School in West Dallas, TX received a brand new outdoor learning classroom on Saturday, October 29, 2011.  Community volunteers, teachers, students, and a group of 30 corporate volunteers from Texas Instruments “dug in” to install the outdoor classroom to turn learning in math, science and other subject areas inside out!  


    The day kicked-off with opening remarks from Nancy Payne, Garden Designer for REAL School Gardens – welcoming the community of volunteers and presenting the outdoor classroom design and list of tasks to be completed, followed by Connie Hovseth, ...

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