The Whole Foods Market in Campbell has made Living Classroom the recipient of its "Nickels for Nonprofits" program until the end of the year. Customers can designate their 5 cent rebate to be donated to Living Classroom instead of receiving it as a rebate. Whole Foods is the first private donor to support the start up of Living Classroom in Campbell which will launch as soon as additional funds are acquired.
Parent, student and teacher volunteers from Monta Loma School turned out on Saturday, September 21st to plant and install pathways and signs for the new Monta Loma School Native Habitat Garden. Thirty species of California native plants were planted to represent the chaparral, coastal sage scrub, woodland and grassland plant communities. Living Classroom staff designed the garden and oversaw the installation and acquisition of all materials and plants. The garden will be used for a variety of lessons in the areas of ecology, biodiversity, botany, ethnobotany and other topics. The garden was funded by the Synopsis Outreach Foundation.
Native Habitat gardens are the setting for Living Classroom lessons in ecology, habitats, biodiversity and Native American uses of plants (ethnobotany). We are thrilled that Stevenson School in the Mountain View Whisman School District and Castlemont School in the Campbell Union School District are the latest to add these gardens to their school campuses. Parent volunteers and at Castlemont, an Eagle Scout, worked hard to install these new gardens, each with many species of plants representing Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Grassland, and Woodland plant communities. Thank you to the Campbell Union School District Nutritional Services, Stevenson PTA, and a Living Classroom grant from Google for funding these projects.