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30158839770_63eacd6294_o Salad Days Are Back!

October 30th, 2017

September is a month of beginnings – the beginning of the school year, the beginning of fall – and at John Muir Elementary School, it marked the beginning of our monthly Salad Days. For those not familiar with Salad Days, the tradition began in 2015 as an initiative to give students access to fresh produce and to get … Continue reading Salad Days Are Back!

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9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1971 Moving Heaven and EARTH!

October 17th, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, CommunityGrows kicked off its partnership with Rosa Parks Elementary by literally moving over 40 cubic feet of beautiful soil into the two school gardens. Parents and students, many from the Green Team of the PTA, began arriving around 10am and pitched in where needed. It was a warm and sunny … Continue reading Moving Heaven and EARTH!

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8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1383 Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

August 13th, 2017

On Friday afternoon August 11, 2017, volunteers from the GAP came out to help us prepare our Rosa Parks Gardens for the upcoming school year. After introductions and tours of the Upper and Lower gardens, two groups worked on watering and breaking up a area for planting. Tilling hoes and shovels did heavy work on … Continue reading Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

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IMG_0357 John Muir Students in Koshland Garden

May 25th, 2017

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Koshland Garden was buzzing with Ms. Martin’s first graders from John Muir Elementary School. CommunityGrows Garden Programs Supervisor Paul Bergkamp led them on a lesson about spring, flowers and pollinators. After their discussion, they went off through the garden with paper and pens to draw flowers. It was an opportunity … Continue reading John Muir Students in Koshland Garden

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IMG_0218 Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

May 24th, 2017

On Saturday April 29, 2017 Rosa Parks Elementary held a workday in collaboration with CommunityGrows and the Buchanan YMCA Healthy Kids Day. This free event for families and friends-to charge into summer-included a bouncy house along with very helpful and healthy resources.Many families turned out to work in the gardens, getting them ready for summer … Continue reading Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

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IMG_0114 Kindergarteners Celebrate Earth Day!

May 24th, 2017

On Friday April 21, 2017 the kindergarten class of Rosa Parks Elementary enjoyed a day in the upper garden with CommunityGrows Garden Educator Jay Jordan. Jay has a way of getting everyone engaged in physical activity and working in the garden. He began the lesson by talking about Spring and planting seeds. In their walk … Continue reading Kindergarteners Celebrate Earth Day!

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2.8.17-RP-SaladDay_IMG_0055 Yummy Salad Day at Rosa Parks

February 13th, 2017

On Thursday, February 8th, thanks to a grants from Kaiser-Permanente and Atena Corporation, CommunityGrows was able to partner with the Green Team at Rosa Parks Elementary School to offer a monthly Salad Day. One of the parents on the Green Team, Jocelyn Herndon, was able to secure delicious produce from Whole Foods on California Street … Continue reading Yummy Salad Day at Rosa Parks

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11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8909 Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary

November 20th, 2016

On a rainy Saturday, November 19th, 2016 many organizations in the Western Addition came together to offer Thanksgiving to residents and families. The lunch included a program with youth from Handful Players, the Western Addition Beacon, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Hayward Reconnect, and the Buchanan YMCA, as well as the SGI Chorus. Safeway, Bi-Rite … Continue reading Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary

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10-29-16-puc-rp_cac_img_8163 PUC Tours Rosa Parks Watershed Project

November 8th, 2016

On a beautiful rainy Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Public Utilities Commission lead a green infrastructure walking tour to see water catchment sites in the Western Addition neighborhood. Their first stop was Rosa Parks Elementary School, where Kat Sawyer from Touch-the-Sky and Barbara Wenger, CommunityGrows Executive Director greeted them. Kat … Continue reading PUC Tours Rosa Parks Watershed Project

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10-20-16-jmes-saladday_img_7893 John Muir Loves Salads!

October 23rd, 2016

Another great Salad Day at John Muir School, thanks to Kaiser-Permanente and Gus’ Market on Harrison Street. We were honored to get organic greens, fuji apples, carrots, cucumbers and peppers. What a treat! Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy! For more photos see our Flickr Photostream here.

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