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At Living Classroom, We Build a Lifelong Enthusiasm for Science and Math

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Children learn best with hands-on experiences which make science and math relevant to their lives... Click for details >>

At Living Classroom, We Grow the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

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The most effective way to inspire long-term environmental commitment is to inspire a love of nature in children.... Click for details >>

At Living Classroom, We Develop a Love of Healthy Eating

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Children can learn to love healthy foods by growing their own food in the school garden..... Click for details >>

Thank you to Scott's Seafood

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logo scootsScott's Seafood in downtown Mountain View generously donated 15% of their total tab on March 9th to Living Classroom.

Funding Update - March 2014

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logo kiwanisMountain View Kiwanis Club grants $2000 for Mountain View Whisman School District Program

For the second year in a row, the Mountain View Kiwanis Club has granted funds for the MVWSD program! This will be earmarked toward program costs in the next school year.

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Thank you to First and Main Sports Lounge

For holding first ever benefit night for Living Classroom on February 6th. 15% of the proceeds from Living Classroom supporters and dinner customers were donated to Living Classroom.

logo scootsScott's Seafood hosts Benefit Night on Sunday, March 9th

Living Classroom supporters are encouraged to have dinner at Scott's Seafood on Sunday, March 9th and 15% of the proceeds will benefit Living Classroom. Scott's Seafood is located at 420 Castro Street in downtown Mountain View.

Mountain View Whisman School District Program to Double in 2014-15 School Year

The Living Classroom Program at the Mountain View Whisman School District will be doubling next year to include services to all Kindergarten and first graders in addition to the currently served second and third graders.  The Program will reach approximately 2,000 students from all 7 elementary schools.

New native habitat gardens bring new life to two Mountain View Schools

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logo mvwsdMountain View elementary schools have added attractive new life to their campuses, thanks to California native habitat gardens that are sprouting up.  Living Classroom has created new California Native Habitat gardens at at Theuerkauf and Bubb elementary schools to join Castro, Monta Loma and Stevenson School's native gardens.
 
“These gardens provide little islands of biodiversity and teach children about the plants and habitats around where we live, the wildlife that depend on those plants, and also how native Americans in California relied on these plants for their survival,” said Vicki Moore, Living Classroom Executive Director and designer of most of the gardens.  “Children in multiple grade levels will learn about ecology, biodiversity, habitats, and ethnobotany, among other subjects, through the garden,” she continued.
 
This summer, Landels and Huff elementary schools will receive their native gardens so that all 7 elementary schools will have both native and edible gardens. In addition, plans are underway to create new native and edible gardens for Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools.
 
Living Classroom docent and retired middle and high school teacher Barbara Saxton noted, “These school gardens provide a kind of living laboratory where rewarding outdoor learning can take place. Through the school gardens and Living Classroom lessons, children discover and study plants native to our own region.  As they participate in planting, tending and harvesting edible plants, students not only learn where their food comes from, but they also experience all-important regular exposure to nature and its many bounties.”
 
MVWSD Superintendent Craig Goldman said, "We are grateful to Living Classroom for bringing nature-based lessons and school garden experiences to our students.  We appreciate how the docents are inspiring students to make real world connections and become actively engaged with their environment."
 
“The best part of giving Living Classroom lessons is the excitement from the students when they are so engaged in our hands-on lessons……they are having so much fun, they don’t even realize that they are learning some really important content standards,”  said Mallory Traughber, Program Director for the MVWSD Living Classroom program.
 
The newly completed Theuerkauf garden was made possible thanks to the California Landscape Contractor’s Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, plus funding from a Google “Home Sweet Home” grant.  Over two days, a barren area in the middle of the campus with no student access was transformed into a mini-ecosystem and habitat area featuring 32 species of California native plants with a meandering pathway allowing students to get up close to the plants.  Plant signs explain the Native American uses of the plants (ethnobotany) and the wildlife interactions.
 
Special thanks to the Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance, Celtis Group, Gachina Landscape Management, Camin Landscaping, GP Landscaping,  students from Foothill College Horticulture program, Horizon,Lyngso Garden Materials, Suncrest Nurseries,  all of whom provided all the labor and the materials for the Theuerkauf school garden.
 

Spring Docent Trainings Coming Up!

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Living-Classroom Logo 200wNew prospective volunteer docents are invited to attend our spring training series starting on March 10th. You do not need to attend  all sessions. All trainings will be held from 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Date: Monday, March 10th - LASD & MVWSD Docents  9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Mountain View Whisman School District Board Room, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View
Lessons Covered: Garden Pollinators (3rd Grade), Life Cycle of a Tomato #3 (2nd grade), Three Sisters Garden Spring Planting (3rd Grade)
 
Date: Monday, March 17th - LASD & MVWSD Docents  9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Mountain View Whisman School District Board Room, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View
Lessons Covered: From Seed to Pretzel #2 & #3 (2nd Grade)
 
Date: Monday, March 24 - LASD Docents Only  9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Los Altos School District Conference Room #2, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos
Lessons Covered: A Hole is to Dig / Garden of Senses (Kindergarten), Who’s My Habitat (1st Grade), Habitat Hike (4th Grade)
 
Date: Monday, March 31st - LASD Docents Only  9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Los Altos School District Conference Room #2, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos
Lessons covered: Ancient Civilizations (6th grade), Light Action (5th grade)