Save Berkeley School Garden and Cooking Programs!
  • Petitioned Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education

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Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education
School Board President
Karen Hemphill
School Board Vice President
Josh Daniels
School Board Member
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
School Board Member
Judy Appel
School Board Student Director
Juliette Mueller

Save Berkeley School Garden and Cooking Programs!

    1. Amy Kiser
    2. Petition by

      Amy Kiser

      Berkeley, CA

Berkeley's vibrant school gardening and cooking programs are in danger of losing their federal funding for next year. This program shows children how the food grown in the garden helps their bodies grow and also teaches them about science, math and many other subjects at the same time. For 15 years the program has served as a model for the rest of the country, helping kids and families fight obesity while improving learning readiness, academic performances, and engagement. We are an alliance of parents, teachers and community members who are looking for creative solutions for long-term, stable support for these programs that have proven health and educational benefits for all of our children. We believe prioritizing these programs is critical to fighting childhood obesity, improving academic performance, and providing our kids with essential life skills for success. Please sign this petition to show the School Board you want to them to prioritize these programs!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      “The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”

      — Natalie Angier

      “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

      — Aristotle

      “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

      — Annie Dillard

      “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

      — Albert Einstein

      “Earth laughs in flowers.”

      — Ralph Waldo Emerson

      “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

      — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • Christina Tuccillo BERKELEY, CA
      • 8 months ago

      These programs are so important for raising healthy kids who know about good food and where it comes from!

    • jacqueline hale FISH CAMP, CA
      • 8 months ago

      We lived and taught in Berkeley for years and know that these [rpgrams make a huige difference in many kids lives -- into adulthood!

    • vicki sommer BERKELEY, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Where to begin.. Children learn by doing, touching,seeing. Food does not come from stores, it comes from dirt,skill and work. Studies about farm workers,social change and labor are made tangible after an hour weeding and harvesting. Math becomes interesting when its use is seen as necessary and practical when weight and measurement are used in bringing raw produce to a recipe. And lastly, as a long term classroom volunteer, I worked with many under-served kids whose families could not provide them with these experiences. As a community we need every hook to grab young students interest and motivation to learn. The gardening and coking program is the Jewel in the Crown of Education in BUSD. I urge you in the strongest terms, do not be penny wise and dollar foolish. Support Berkeley's gardening and cooking programs!

    • marina crouse BERKELEY, CA
      • 8 months ago

      My kids have learned so much from the cooking and gardening classes. They have learned to eat healthier as well. This program is so very important for so many reasons.


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