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KIDS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Green garden grow Mission Statement


SCHOOL GARDEN INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY

The School Garden Initiative focuses on teaching elementary school children about the importance of eating sustainable, locally-grown food as well as the importance of preparing healthy meals that include a variety of fruits and vegetables. By implementing gardens in schools, we set the example of providing opportunities and benefits that go beyond the classroom. Working with students, teachers, principals, parents and members of the community, we allow students to understand the importance of interacting with nature, offering hands-on experiential learning opportunities and take pride in the beautification of their school and community. By supporting healthy schools and a healthy environment, one school at a time, we educate students on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, thus reducing their preMATTHEW SHERMAN ELEMENTARY dilection to obesity, early-onset diabetes and hypertenConceptual Designs sion, among other chronic diseases.

Rendering by Taylor Scherner

Rendering by Taylor Scherner

Preliminary Schematic for Matthew Sherman Elementary - Kevin deFreitas Architects


Primary Instruction Area of Matthew Sherman Elementary - Rendering by Kevin deFreitas Architects

CURRENT PROJECT MATTHEW SHERMAN ELEMENTARY

OUR COMMITMENT

Located in the Sherman Heights neighborhood just east of downtown San Diego, Matthew Sherman Elementary School garden is located on a vacant 160’ x 35’ plot of City School property. On average, students perform half to one third as well on California Standards Tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Because students are 95% of Hispanic origin, classes are taught half in Spanish.

Rebuild Global is committed to:

DESIGN Working with pro-bono architect, Kevin deFreitas, “each subject will be enhanced by “garden-based learning,” a hands-on experience using nature as an educational tool. Water, the region’s most precious natural resource, will be integrated into the design: Rainwater will be collected into a cistern, walkways will be permeable and won’t contribute to urban runoff, and a water reclamation system that harvests gray water from the exterior hand washing sink will irrigate drought tolerant native plants.”

• Coordinate the project design phase utilizing our network of design professionals • Establish a relationship with partners for involvement in customization and employee volunteerism • Coordinate the construction phase • Establish and coordinate a curriculum and activity schedule for a sustainable working model for gardens • Promote understanding of green building technologies and opportunities through demonstration and curriculum •Tailoring projects to achieve partner mission and goals • Promoting healthy eating Once complete, Matthew Sherman Elementary School Garden will become the demonstration project for the School Garden Initiative. By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover the benefits of eating healthy.


FUNDING: A MATTER OF URGENCY Few question the need to prepare students for the complex world into which they will graduate, but the schooling for sustainability movement nevertheless encounters obstacles: School systems are notoriously slow to change. Responsibilities for schools’ operations are often dispersed through multiple levels of authority, from the local principal to the federal government, with mandates that sometimes conflict. Virtually all schools and districts face financial challenges. Schooling for sustainability competes with other priorities, including standardized testing in public schools and pressure to focus on Advanced Placement in independent schools. Matthew Sherman Elementary will be the showcase, the start of the School Garden Initiative, “Green Gardens Grow”, from which everyone will learn about the importance and benefits of implementing gardens within schools. We are currently fundraising $55,000 through monetary and in-kind contributions and welcome you to join our team.

Site Analysis by students of Washington Elementary and Matthew Sherman Elementary

PROJECT DESCRIPTION Matthew Sherman Elementary: 302 22nd Street, San Diego, CA 92101


BUDGET FOR MATTHEW SHERMAN ELEMENTARY ITEM DESCRIPTION

TOTAL COST

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‘Veggie’ Paths & Walkways

$1,212

B

‘Hands in the Dirt’ Raised Planters

$2,198

C

‘Pineapple Express’ Containers

$2,500

D

‘Pineapple Express’ Outdoor Classroom

$7,493

E

‘Global Classroom’ Stage & Deck

$6,423

F

‘Relax and Enjoy’ Children & Parents Seating Area

$4,370

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‘Little Green Thumbs’ Greenhouse

$3,550

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‘Tools of Learning’ Student/Teacher Tool Shed

$1,343

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‘Tools of Learning’ Garden Tools & Supplies

$4,562

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‘I Love Veggies’ Kitchen & Prep Station

$1,150

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‘I Love Veggies’ Culinary Education

$1,150

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‘Sailing Away’ Fabric Sun Shade

$1,898

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‘Singing in the Rain’ Water Catchment/Irrigation System

$7,245

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‘Sun Harvest’ Solar Panels

$2,439

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‘Gopher Proof ’ Fence & Grading

$1,985 $575

‘Big Green Thumbs’ Garden Education ‘Let’s Get it Done’ Permits

$2,300

‘A Plan for Garden Education’ Printing

$1,725 $54,118

TOTAL

ALL CHECKS MAY BE MADE PAYABLE TO REBUILD GLOBAL OR VIA PAYPAL BY VISITING: www.schoolgardennetwork.rebuildglobal.org/donate

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C ONTACT INFORMATION Rebuild Global: Building For A Social Purpose Sandra Plaza Co-Founder, LEED AP rebuildglobal.org 241 14th Street, San Diego, CA 92101 w) 619.796.4796 c) 619.985.9545 Partnering Organizations

Partnering Schools in San Diego

American Institute of Architecture Student Association Architecture for Humanity California Center for Sustainable Energy California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture California Parks and Recreation – Orange Coast District Engineers without Borders First Step Domestic Violence Shelter Foundation for Form Fuller Center for Housing Heartland Foundation International Humanity Foundation Master Gardeners Nike West Corporate Responsibility Operation Crossroads Africa San Diego Architectural Foundation San Onofre Foundation Stand Up for Kids The Global Studio United Green

Crawford High School Matthew Sherman Elementary Mission Bay High School Newschool of Architecture and Design Palmquist Elementary School Washington Elementary Partnering Restaurants in San Diego Alchemy Counterpoint Hotel Indigo Ritual Tavern Sea Rocket Bistro Starlite The Linkery Whistle Stop

3D Rendering for Washington Elementary in Little Italy, San Diego by Taylor Scherner

School Garden Solution: Green Gardens Grow  

School Garden Initiative from Rebuild Global

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