Transformation through Outdoor Education
We want our students to develop healthy habits, and we want to raise money for our school garden and outdoor education initiative.
Hurry! Fundraising Ends:
11 / 20 / 15
INTEGRITY ACADEMY AT CASA DE LUZ
District: AUSTIN ISD
We want our students to develop healthy habits, and we want to raise money for our school garden and outdoor education initiative. Using the Integrity Academy newsletter, we will start a weekly health challenge for each student to bring knowledge of a new fruit, vegetable, or recipe to class for sharing within the whole school community. Using social media, email, word of mouth, and our network of volunteers, we will ask individuals in the community to donate to the Transformation through Outdoor Education fundraiser. ANYONE THAT DONATES WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE AN INTEGRITY ACADEMY COOKBOOK! These healthy snacks ideas are nutritious, delicious, and fun to make! HOW WILL WE USE THE FUNDS? 1. School Garden Improvements- Our garden is a prominent feature at the front of our school and visible to the entire community. On September 19, we organized a school-wide, parent-funded garden workday where we cleared the ground of rocks and mulch, tilled the soil, built a new fence, built a trellis tunnel, and started multiple classroom compost projects. On October 17, we organized another garden workday where we built cedar garden beds and planted lettuce, collared greens, broccoli, blackberries, an herb garden, and a wildflower garden. With the help of our students, parent volunteers, and many community partners, the school garden is already underway. We need additional funding to complete our vision which includes a small playscape, stage area, shelving and storage for our tools, and professional signage/bulletin board that educates readers about the garden. 2. Supplies for Gymnastics, Acroyoga, and Cooperative Games We still need funding for 50 ft Gibbon Slackline, 8 ft Gymnastics Balance Beam, 1 extra large gymnastics crash pad, 24 MMA Puzzle Piece mats for acroyoga and cooperative games, Rhino Skin dodgeballs, 20 rolls of colored duct tape for cooperative games ABOUT OUR SCHOOL Integrity Academy at Casa de Luz, Center for Integral Studies is a shining example of how to actively promote health among its school community. Our mission statement is to co-create an educational environment that nurtures the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual development of our students with active participation from their families. In practice, this means that students are educated in a supportive, project-based environment with as much movement and physical activity as possible. Our mentors lead students in energizer activities every morning, and movement is incorporated into the math and reading curriculum. Every Monday, we have our opening ceremony where the entire school gathers in the courtyard for a community energizer that is led by different class each week. In addition, each class gets 30 minutes of specific movement (gymnastics, acroyoga, or cooperative games), AND 30 minutes of recess everyday. To support all this physical activity, all students and staff eat a 100% organic, whole-food, plant-based lunch provided by Casa de Luz. Healthy eating is not just an occasional event or promotion but an established practice. In our school garden, they learn about the entire process of where food comes, why some foods are better than others, and how all this effects the environment. In addition to having a 30 minute gardening class AND a 30 minute nutrition class once a week, many students spend the first 15 minutes in the morning playing in the school garden.
Partial Funding Plan
In the off chance that we do not meet our fundraising goal, Integrity Academy will continue to work in cooperation with our community partners and parent volunteers to provide support and supplies to our outdoor education initiative. Johnson’s Backyard Garden, EcoRise Youth Innovations, Sustainable Food Center, Compost Peddlers, Garden of the Ancients, Tia Ofilia, and RRR Farms have been incredibly supportive with seeds, sprouts, in-house education, presentations, classroom activities and volunteer hours. Integrity Academy will also continue to host on campus fundraisers. Past events include the Winter Faire, Spring Fling, and Community Garage Sale which all utilized student made crafts, parent volunteers, and donated resources to raise funds and engage our extended community.