Last school year, with the help of a Hayward Education Foundation grant, sixth grade teacher Paul Garrison at Hayward’s Ruus Elementary put on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing. Costumed students created and changed scenes, knew their parts, spoke out strong, and even supplied musical accompaniment for a fabulous show created out of an ordinary group of 10 and 11 year olds.
Imagine a little girl whose favorite childhood activities were centered around people, and money, and keyboards, pushing the keys over and over to add and subtract numbers with a strong sense of satisfaction. According to Carrie Morales, Fremont Bank’s Hayward Branch Manager, the handwriting was on the wall: She’d have to be a banker.
Hired as a bank teller soon out of high school, Carrie Mo...
Good teachers are busy, busy people. Aside from the hours actually spent in the classroom, they are always thinking, always on the look-out for new ideas, new ways to capture their students’ attention and cause them to learn. They know that boredom is a constant enemy in a classroom; thus their goal is to be constantly creative, constantly striving for new ways to teach.
Sixth graders acting out Shakespeare and performing their own musical accompaniment? First graders using computer Chromebooks and a program called iReady to tailor their math and reading instruction to their individual needs? A high school transformed into a park-like setting by students planting trees all around the campus?
These are just a few of the many educational projects funded by th...
Thursday, January 14, 2016—a day to plant trees again at Tennyson High School in Hayward, California.
Last year, with funding from the Hayward Education Foundation, Tennyson put in for 12 trees to adorn their campus. The nursery that supplied them liked the idea, and gave them 12 more; thus 24 new trees were planted to grace the grounds of this Hayward school.
An oft-seen T-shirt these days reads “Earth without art is just Eh.” Imagine then the similarity to a school without art. “Eh?” Hayward’s Leadership Public High School had no art class when it began. Students were there—a beginning freshman class—to strengthen their academics: English, Math, and Science.
However, by the time that first class were seniors, the nee...