" If we are to tap the
non-material wealth lying dormant in so many children, students
suffocating under the elements of poverty and cultural bias, we
must support efforts to expand their world… Vida Verde
challenged the obvious and hidden limitations that keep my kids
comfortable and stagnant. It was a life affirming and altering
experience for me, for them, and for us as a class."
from Jessica Blundell, Resource Specialist, Edna Brewer Middle
"In my two years working with
these children, this trip was the most powerful learning
experience I have witnessed. The children will never forget
milking the goat, seeing a snake slither through the grass, and
seeing where greens come from."
~Letter from Nate Walrod, teacher at E.C.
Reems Academy, Oakland
"Students learned an immense amount about themselves.
They learned that they are capable of working together to make
things happen, that they can be strong independent young people,
and additionally they learned how important it is to have an
open mind during a new experience."
from Katie Kling, Educator, East Palo Alto Charter School
"Our students learned priceless lessons in community,
kindness, self-sufficiency, and love of nature during the
program…the experience surpassed anything I or my 26 third
graders that attended the program ever imagined it would be!"
from Laura Ramirez, teacher at East Palo Alto Charter School
"While we have
taken this group on a number of field trips throughout the
course of the summer, never have I seen such organized,
thought-out, well-planned and prepared programming from any
educational group.... Even children who
were nervous or scared overcame their fears in a setting that
was so conducive to their learning and their choice."
from Rachel Young, Program Coordinator, "I Have A Dream" East