2013 – 2014:
2013 – 2014:
Zachry Middle School’s Community of Readers wants to increase literacy levels within their district. The group has partnered with Knowlton Elementary, one of their feeder schools, to start an after school mentor program. The Zachry Middle School students visit Knowlton Elementary every other week to read with the children. The group discovered many students do not own age appropriate books at home. As part of the project, Zachry students read a book together with Knowlton students and each Knowlton student takes a copy of that book home with them.
When the Gifted/Talent Leadership program discovered that several hundred students at their campus have family members deployed abroad in our Armed Services the group created Operation From Stevens With Love. The program works to send custom-made care packages to soldiers overseas. The group recruited the entire Stevens campus of more than 3,000 students in the project, to include high school newspapers, recordings of band performances and the essentials like socks and shampoo in care packages.
The second graders at Rodriguez Elementary School started Baking with Books to read books that correspond to curriculum and bake a recipe that relates to that book. The group visited different community organizations to deliver their baked goods, learn about the services provided and to volunteer with the organization. Baking with Books visited a senior citizens center, the local fire department, the humane society and more throughout the school year.
Wilson Elementary is close to being considered within a food desert, meaning no grocery store is located within a mile of the campus. The students decided to create a Garden Club and planted 16 garden beds to harvest fall, winter and spring crops. The students provide their fresh produce – which included over 60 pounds of lettuce, broccoli, beets, carrots, peas and more – to families of students at the school who may not be able to afford fresh, organic produce.
The Harris Middle School Green Team worked to expand their garden this year. The class maintains the Harris Community Garden, which harvests organic produce and has student-led composting and vermicomposting teams. The group regularly hosts community education classes to teach their peers and adults how to create their own garden. Additionally, the group hosts weekly farmers markets with items from the Harris Community Garden.