New Traditions' Green Schoolyard
Over the last four years New Traditions has been participating in the green schoolyard process as part of a local 2006 school bond act. The SFUSD, working closely with the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, has set aside $150,000 for planning and executing the greening of our schoolyard, one of 45 so far.
Now each classroom has their own class food growing bin, where students participate in regular work in the garden as a part of their curriculum.
Our ongoing projects include:
- mosaic tile project on the cement bench and planters in the middle yard (for completion spring 2012);
- widening and improving garden paths;
- installing a trellis in the edible garden;
- and continuing to fund summer teacher training at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.
With all of the community enthusiasm from this first phase of work we are seeking to pursue grants and other funding sources to continue developing the full master plan, including a cistern to collect rain water from the bungalow roof, and more green space in the upper intake yard and the middle yard.
We encourage as much community participation in this ongoing process as possible, it is what made our master plan so strong, and made us able to accomplish such a great transformation of the outdoor yards. So please attend a meeting, join a classroom planting project, or volunteer for a weekend Green Up, Clean Up day.
2nd Wednesday of every month @ 5pm(Kids welcome) Bungalow, Room B15.
Volunteers neededto help with kids gardening in your child's class
- Gardening experience not required.
Every classroom at New Traditions has a food growing bin (large metal trough), and a greening liaison parent to help coordinate the garden activities with each teacher.
New Traditions Greening Committee 2011/2012Co-chairs:
- Gina Robertson (B15-1st/2nd Grade)
- Bethany Womack (Room 10-3rd Grade)