Hello! Welcome to the official blog for Oakland International High School's Community Garden and Wellness Program! My name is Liza Jade Richheimer. I am one of the founding teachers at OIHS. This year thanks to a generous family foundation, I am lucky enough to be the coordinator of the Community Garden and Wellness Program.
My goals for the program are: to build and grow on-site gardens with students through science classes and after-school programs, to run after-school bike club twice a week, to teach a cooking class and a winter yoga class, to support Oakland Unified School District's mission of improving their cafeteria food, and to create a culture of environmental stewardship at our school.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A long overdue update! Part II

Here the publishing class poses with their well made Photoshop signs. They took photos of everything that should go in the garbage, recycling and compost bins and then Photoshopped them into the signs they made. Thanks again Ms. Thi! See other cool things our art teacher, Ms. Thi, does here!

Below are a handful of photos of the 11th graders doing WPA (Works Progress Administration) projects at OIHS. Thanks to Ms. Raquel, our 11th grade US History teacher, we had all the 11th graders doing school improvement projects with a garden twist! We made signs that ask students to keep our school clean, we rebuilt garden beds, we built a new compost system, we turned over our winter cover crop, we planted seedlings and we cleaned up garbage. All in all it was a very successful two days! Thanks for the extra help, Grey Kolevzon, Zack Reidman and Hubert McCabe!

In other news, we are setting up a food scrap program to be up and running by next Fall. While I had hoped it would happen sooner, I am pleased it will start in the Fall. I am working on a grant to pay two student monitors to help teach our community how to clear their trays!
We started bicycle club again. With such little rain this Winter, we are able to ride, which makes us all happy!
Ride for a Reason is a group of local parents and bike riders that organize a ride from Oakland to Sacramento every year to raise money for local Oakland schools and raise awareness about the lack of funding for public education. This year, we are lucky enough to be one of the schools to receive their generosity! Please consider riding, volunteering or donating to the cause!
Spring promises to be full of garden projects, cooking and school improvement projects. I'll keep you posted!
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