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  • Friday, October 25, 2013 | Filed under

    As much fun as kids have growing veggies and herbs for our big Schoolyard Harvest Dinner, they're still always learning.  Today's lesson in Language Arts was to have the kids write Haikus in the garden.    See how poetical they get about kale!

    And, if you'd like to meet these young poets yourself, (perhaps to score an autograph before they get famous), be sure to come to the dinner.  Tickets are still available!

    Garden Haiku

    The Visit to the Garden! --
    by Evelyn, Sergio, Diego and Kaylah

    Welcome to our school.

    Lets go to our garden beds,

    Taste our nice ...

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  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Filed under

    When we partnered with our friends at Chipotle to challenge students to write about an experience with food, we knew we'd get some great entries.  But even we didn't realize how many amazing submissions we'd receive.  We got 358 essays from 16 different schools' 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, and chose our two favorites for each grade level.  The winners get a Chipotle Burrito party for their Language Arts class.  Congratulations to our winners!  Check out their work and let us know your favorite food experience.  

    Chiles de Ruby

    Let's have a big hand for our winners!

    Yuliana -- 3rd Grade...

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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Educators

    Money does grow on trees!
    For a full list of grants and training opportunities, click here!

    October 31: Build-A-Bear Workshop Accepting Grant Requests for Children's Health, Animals, and Literacy Programs

    Toy retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop provides grants through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to charities in the United States and Canada working to support a range of causes, including children's health and wellness, animals, and literacy and education.

    This year, the Build-A-Bear Workshop foundations will be accepting and reviewing grant applications on a rolling basis until October 31 for the following funding categories:

    Children's Health and Wellness — Grants ...

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  • Friday, October 18, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Lesson Plans , REAL Teacher Journal

    10.16.2013 – Preparing for Outdoor Ed Lesson

    As I am planning a lesson on pumpkins at Cabell elementary, Ms. Calderon sends me an email asking if I had any lesson ideas for pumpkins.  I went to my friend Traci Friday at BRIT, and she gave me a wonderful teaching resource that I then used to create a “Who’s your family” lesson based on pumpkins.  On Friday, we are anticipating reviewing the Gourd family of vegetables.  Not by just sticking our fingers to feel slimy seeds, but also journaling a 3 column compare/contrast of what the vegetables feel like inside and ...

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  • Friday, October 18, 2013 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , REAL Supporters

    At Meadowbrook Elementary in East Fort Worth the beginning of the school year is always full of promise. As students dig into the curriculum, they also dig into the soil of their school garden to plant the promise of a very special harvest. Every autumn for the past three years, Meadowbrook students have participated in the Schoolyard Harvest Dinner, a unique opportunity for students to grow vegetables with a special purpose - to be served by award-winning Chef Blaine Staniford at GRACE Restaurant in Fort Worth. From September to November, students cultivate a dedicated crop of organic vegetables and ...

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 | Filed under

    Instalación del jardín de la  Escuela Primaria Edwin J. Kiest

    Sábado, 26 de octubre 2013

    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    ¡Usted está cordialmente invitado a ayudar a la escuela  Primaria Edwin J. Kiest  para instalar su nuevo salón de clases al aire libre! Este es un evento muy especial para toda la comunidad donde se reúnen  profesores, padres, estudiantes, grupos locales, etc.  Todos se unen para hacer el trabajo sucio de instalar  el jardín de la escuela (aula de aprendizaje al aire libre). Empezaremos el día con una ceremonia de inauguración a las 8:00 am y trabajar hasta que el ...

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