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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 >>

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 >>

We develop a love of healthy eating and know the origin of food source

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

Palo Alto Schools Join Living Classroom Next Fall

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logo paloalto unifiedLiving Classroom will be expanding its program next fall to five schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Palo Alto Partners in Education Foundation.

Palo Alto will join Mountain View Whisman and Los Altos as the third school district to receive our services and 21 schools altogether benefit from our garden-based lessons. The grant will allow Living Classroom to start up operations for a K-3 pilot program serving 1,300 students initially and slated to grow to seven schools after the pilot ends in March 2016.   Funding from seven school site funds will carry the program through an additional year after the pilot phase.

Save the Date!!!!!!!!!

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LFCR 2014VIEW PDF: 256KB >>The Neighborhood Garden Market is Back…Bigger and Better than Ever!

at the
Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch, North Los Altos

Sunday, September 21
Sunday, October 12
10 am to 3pm

Fun activities for the kids! Chicken coop and garden tour! Music! Garden workshops! Fresh produce! and Awesome silent auction items!!!!!!!!!!

Hope to see you there!!!!!!!

Two new native gardens sprout up at Landels and Huff schools

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All seven schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District now have beautiful native habitat gardens gracing their school grounds.

Living-Classroom Logo 200wThe Landels School native habitat garden was completed in June through the efforts of Living Classroom and Hands On Bay Area working with two teams of Google employee volunteers. 100 plants representing 32 native species were planted and five new planter boxes were built and planted with edibles. Because the two garden areas were originally grass turf, a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District will partially fund the project along with a grant from the WholeKids Foundation and Google.

The Huff School native habitat garden was also a beneficiary of the Hands On Bay area organized volunteer work days with two crews of Google volunteers. Employees cleared the grass, built the central pathway and created the planting mounds. Eagle Scout Trevor McGall completed the job by planting 100 plants, installing 32 plant identification signs and main garden sign, installing the irrigation, compacting the pathway, and spreading mulch.

From May, 2013 – July 2014, Living Classroom organized and led 8 new school garden projects in the Mountain View Whisman School District—a record for us!

Living Classroom LASD program now directly funded by School District

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The Living Classroom Program at the Los Altos School District will be directly funded by the Los Altos School District for the 2014-15 school year.

Living-Classroom Logo 200wDuring its first six years the LASD program was funded through private grants from foundations and corporations. The LASD program differs from the Mountain View Whisman School District program in that the LASD program staff are employees of the school district while the MVWSD staff are employees of Living Classroom under contract with MVWSD which is the model Living Classroom will continue for new school district clients. Living Classroom, the non-profit parent organization continues to provide critical support to the program including curriculum, website, software support, staff training and support, and a forum to share best practices with the Mountain View Whisman program.

In addition, the Los Altos Rotary Club, Los Altos Kiwanis Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program provided small grants for the LASD program which will cover expenses for school garden maintenance and lesson kit supplies.