Archive for the ‘OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park’ Category

Aug09

A.L.L. Green Futures Stewards Practice Sustainable Business And Sell Bountiful Produce To Neighbors !

This summer our A.L.L. Green Futures Student Stewards learned about Sustainable Business, the Triple Bottom Line, and how best to present to the public, by preparing their abundant fruit and vegetable produce, making floral bouquets, packaging seeds with colorful labels, and then selling their bounty their Farmstand at the neighborhood BART Station.  All proceeds from their efforts will go back into supporting their Afterschool and Summer Program.  For their efforts, they earned $126 dollars, learned math, and had fun !   Have a look at their adventure !

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Jun13

Solar Cooking at OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park Teaches Students About Energy and Appropriate Technology

1-IMG_65506th Grade Science Students from James Denman Middle School learn about solar energy and solar cooking from new A.L.L. Teacher, Brennan Blazer Bird at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Students harvested tasty, fresh vegetables and flowers from the Living Library Gardens, and prepared Mexican-style Nachos that baked in the Solar Oven, while they learned more about science, energy concepts and appropriate technology.

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Jun13

Salesforce Volunteers Work With Students At The OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park !

1-IMG_3076A large group of Salesforce Volunteers led by Brian Lewis spent several hours in early Spring, working with students at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Much was accomplished to care for, and enhance, the Living Library Gardens !

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The adults worked with the students to weed the Gardens, turn the compost, and also create multi-lingual signage for the diverse plants in the Upper & Lower Gardens !

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Everyone had a great experience and the environment was beautified !!!

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Jun13

A.L.L. Green Futures Students Create Art from Nature

A.L.L. Student Stewards learn about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create temporal works of art.  Students then move throughout the OMI/Excelsior Living Library Gardens and find materials to make their works of art.  See and enjoy their beautiful results !

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The middle school students enjoyed this experience and created beautiful works of art, some found in unlikely places !

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Jun13

A.L.L. Students Cook Foods of the Americas: Tortillas, Pupusas, Guacamole and More !

A.L.L. Students learn about nutrition and health for the soil, the plants, and people.  They also love and learn to cook delicious and nutritious food and learn new recipies ! Below is a beautiful cover made by a student for her A.L.L. Cookbook, and further below, are pictures of diverse multi-cultural lessons based on food, agriculture, and human culture.  Please enjoy as much as the participating middle-school and elementary schoolaged students did at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park over the past few months ! IMG_2887 Making Tortillas:

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Harvesting Fresh Vegetbles and edible flowers from the A.L.L. Gardens to fill the tortillas !

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Making Pupusas:

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Filling Pupusas with healthy ingredients from the nearby Gardens !

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A 7th Grade Social Studies Class from James Denman Middle School is learning about the Americas.  In their A.L.L. Class in the OMI/Excelsior Lower Garden, they learn about the contributions towards modern agriculture and foods that the native Aztec and Mayan Cultures made to modern life.  Then the students made Guacamole, Salsa, and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Hmm; very delicious !!!  Everyone helped and enjoyed !!!

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Hands-on learning is fun and delicious !!!!  Talk, Think, & Do !  That is our motto in A Living Library !!!!

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