Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vance Cob Shed Dedication!

While I am super excited for Summer vacation, I must admit that I am going to miss seeing all the folks at Henry's school every day. Sometimes I see all the projects they are tackling, all the important things they go above and beyond to help our kids experience and I feel so lucky to have Henry in a public school that is so amazingly amazing. One of the projects that has been in the works for the past 2 years (!!!) is a gorgeous cob garden shed in the middle of the super cool school garden. It is made from a mud/straw mixture and all local materials, and was built by over 1000 volunteers-including every single student at the school. Earlier this week was the big dedication ceremony to mark the completion of the project and to thank all of the grant writers and grant givers for making it possible. It was a great reason to hang out in the garden and admire the work of so many people.

Henry chillin'.

Our fearless leader, Cynthia Selinger-best principal on Earth!

Oliver hanging the horse shoe over the door.

Ben- garden and cob master, explaining the significance of the horse shoe.

Tony- the main cobbing man and the only way this project could have ever been finished!

Henry and Jhakar watching the ceremony.

Jasmine- dressed for graduation- watching Ms. Selinger do her thing.

The amazing artwork on the side of the structure. The 'bubbles' are actually bottles that have been cobbed in, giving a stained lgass look in the inside.

Synthiana schooling Henry on something or another.

Sunflowers and the small garden shelter, roofed with discarded traffic signs.

Checking out the shed.
The awesome front door.

Kids in the garden.

Pretty, pretty.

Henry standing with his class, getting ready for the festivities.

The 'living roof' made of local plants that will grow and create a cover over the entire roof. They will grow big enough for us to clip and share with others!

WooHoo! I am so proud of this school, it does a heart good!


Twiggles and Trunks said...

that's so awesome!

physlet said...

Wow, what an amazing school! Every time you post about Vance it gives me hope that more public schools will break out of their molds and seek to inspire our children.

anniebel said...

This looks so cool! Can't wait to see it when we come down again. Love the plants on the roof! And that door!! Great pics