I went with the boys to EcoFest last Saturday. There was a great turnout. We arrived around 10 am and the place was already packed. The event was held at The Learning Gate Community School . I have been wanting to check out this charter school for some time. I have great interest in sending my boys here if I do not homeschool. This school is very impressive to someone “like” me (the green boot girl). The mission statement of the charter school: “The purpose of The Learning Gate Community School is to prepare students to successfully participate in their family, school and community, through an educational program that promotes academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility.” It only takes one visit to Learning Gate Community School to realize you have stepped onto an education facility like no other. How is this school so different?
~it is nestled in among trees, wetlands and ponds
~there is an integrated environmental approach to education and community
~recycling and composting bins scattered throughout the grounds
~rain barrels, butterfly gardens, utilizing the swimming pool connected to onsite fire hydrants as their emergency water source in case of fire
~reuse and conservation efforts and their LEED Platinum Green Buildings
~they do project based learning
~they have a huge garden and even some farm animals
Sounds unique right? It is. It is very difficult to get into this school. I still have a few years until my oldest will be ready for full-time school, but when he is this will be a serious contender.
Back to the EcoFest event. It was fun to see all my favorite local vendors: Going Green Tampa, The Odessa Organic Farmer’s Market, Simply Caprine Goat Milk Soaps (they have amazing soaps!!!), and so many others…. This event had great activities for kids and parents. Here we are playing the drums.
The boys had so much fun. If you missed it this year, make sure you make it next year! It is a great way to support our Tampa Community.
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