Green Day at Town School

Town SchoolTown School for Boys, an independent K-8 day school in San Francisco, held their First Annual Green Day for students, faculty, and parents. The Earth Month-inspired event included Nourish assemblies, a whole foods tasting fair, and a book sale fundraiser.

The Parents’ Association and school faculty collaborated to create interactive assemblies for grades 3 through 8, which examined eating through the lens of health, sustainability, community, and activism. The packed assemblies included screenings of several Nourish shorts and a panel discussion about local food and community farming.

Ric Keeley, a chef from Acre Gourmet, moderated a conversation between students and panelists. The guest speakers were farmer Janet Brown of All-Star Organics, Bi-Rite Market owner Sam Mogannam, and senior educator John Bernhardt of the Alliance for Climate Education. During the discussion, students raised questions about whether organic farming could feed the world, which created a lively discussion.

In parallel with the Green Day assemblies, the second-graders put on a tasting fair for the first-graders and kindergarteners in the school’s cafeteria. Based on recent field trips to local farms and farmers markets, each child chose a food to report on, from asparagus to olive oil to rainbow chard. They created colorful informational posters about their food of choice, and offered samples for their schoolmates to taste and evaluate using a worksheet.

With a strong commitment to sustainability, Town School’s green initiatives include using renewable energy, incorporating sustainability awareness into their curriculum, rooftop gardening, and partnering with local food service providers to offer healthy, sustainable food.

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