Awards & Nominations!

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Roosevelt’s School Garden Now an Official Wildlife Habitat!
Roosevelt’s hard working garden volunteers have been making big changes in Roosevelt’s school garden and it is now designated as an Official Wildlife Habitat™ site with The National Wildlife Federation.

The NWF certification involves building a habitat for wildlife including food, water, and shelter components.  So far, the volunteers have committed to gardening without toxic pesticides/fertilizers, added bird feeders, added flowering plants and herbs/vegetables, and they will be adding a few more water stations for butterflies, bees, insects, and birds.  Benches were also added so that the students have an area to sit and be able to write down their observations. After all of this work, they have even loftier goals. Take a look at a Georgia school’s habitat gardens for an idea of what our garden volunteers are imagining for Roosevelt –

A big thank you to the following people for their dedication to our school’s garden: Betsy Colby from the Master Gardeners and Roosevelt volunteers Megan Goulden, Suzanne Buerchner, Emmy Johnson, Kathy Kostas, Kristin Palmer and Howard Smith.

If you are interested in helping out with the garden, there will be “Open Garden” lunches on March 4, 18, and April 1st for parents to visit and work in the garden, or see what the volunteers are doing.  Volunteers will be helping out and working with small groups of students between 12:00-1:30.

If you would like to donate something to the garden, they are currently looking for donations of owl houses and bird houses, like this owl house.

For more information about volunteering or donating, please contact Megan Goulden at

 J. Russell Kent Award Nomination!
Jason William’s Pencil Box News program has been nominated for the San Mateo County School Boards Association’s 2014 J. Russell Kent Award! These awards are given to programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in San Mateo County.
In the coming weeks, someone from the SMCSBA Visitation Committee will be visiting Roosevelt to verify the program. Congratulations and good luck to Mr. Williams and his Pencil Box News students!

Comcast All-Star Teacher Award Nomination!
Congratulations to 6th grade teacher Sarah Coyle on being selected as one of five Bay Area finalists for the Comcast All-Star Teacher Award! Ms. Coyle has the chance to win $20,000 for Roosevelt! We will all have an opportunity to vote for Sarah Coyle between April 7 and June 1. When the voting period opens, we will send out instructions. Good luck Ms. Coyle!


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