New Garden alongside Gunn
Original post made by Art Liberman on Nov 18, 2006
on Nov 21, 2006 at 9:14 am
Thank you for posting this.
My children are still in elementary school, and I hope the Gunn HS tradition of community service continues to grow and flourish. I see many high school kids in my neighborhood doing community service, and they really make a difference. They become role models to the younger children around them and they elicit the admiration and appreciation of our whole community for the good that they do.
By working together, they also build great friendhips and a sense of community that is irreplaceable.
Kudos to these kids!..and thank you to Art for taking notice.
on Nov 21, 2006 at 10:16 am
Not to take away from what the Gunn students are doing in the garden, I would like to point out that community service is part of the requirement for passing Living Schools, a required class for graduation. 15 hours community service minimum have to be accredited during the course and these programs have to be something the student chooses and arranges on his own. Many students do hours related to their interests, e.g. those interested in soccer do ayso coaching/assistant coaching for younger children. My daughter was on the Palo Alto Youth Council and spent some time working with the city. Senior centers, libraries, food banks, etc. are all places which encourage the students to help, as well as conservation programs at the Bay, etc.
All these programs do give the students opportunities to learn how it feels to help out, doing something for nothing, and learning the benefits of helping others. For many it is the beginning of a lifetime of volunteering. For others, it is just acquiring hours to pass a class. But for us as a community we can help by encouraging and praising all that they do. The validation angle is very important to them because having to do something for school and being told by one's family that it is a good thing to do is one thing, but to find praise from the community and strangers is so much better because it does give them a sense of belonging and validating who they are.
on Nov 22, 2006 at 6:08 pm
I would also like to add that AP Physics teacher Bill Dunbar also helped to initiate the plan to plant flowers along the hillside. He also invited all his physics classes to help plant the flowers and shrubs. Dunbar bought some bulbs for the flowers and another student generously donated some as well.
P.S. to High School Parent:
I believe you mean living skills not living schools. Although I haven't attended the class b/c it just started this year and I'm graduating, I think it is also a great addition to Gunn.