Ohigh garden slideshow


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A slideshow produced by the staff of the Aegis, the school newspaper at Oakland High School, documents how the garden reaches and teaches students. The garden was created in 2010 in memory of Philip Wright, a student who was shot and killed in 2009.

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Ohigh garden slideshow

  1. 1. The Phillip Wright Memorial Garden A place of peace, a place of health, a place to learn and a place worth saving … produced by the staff of the Aegis at Oakland High School, June 2011
  2. 2. Beginning of the garden The garden was planted during the spring of 2010 in honor of Oakland High School student Phillip Wright, who was killed in late 2009. Phillip had a strong passion for gardening. The Oakland High garden in early 2010 before planting began. Photo/Aegis staff
  3. 3. One year away from graduation … a life lost Phillip Wright was only 17 when he died. Wright, a junior, was known for his outgoing personality.
  4. 4. A place of memory, a wealth of healthy vegetables <ul><li>Among the vegetables planted by resource teacher Amy Wilder and students were tomatoes, eggplants, parsnips, and herbs. </li></ul>Hand-painted signs help students keep track of where the veggies will sprout. Photo/Aegis staff
  5. 5. Helping students learn <ul><li>The garden helps students learn about how foods grow, and how they can thrive from the nourishment of fresh, healthy vegetables. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How the garden reaches and teaches students <ul><li>Encourages students to grow their own foods. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches what photosynthesis does. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps us learn how plants make the air we breathe cleaner. </li></ul>Kevin Davis, who was one of Wright’s friends, waters lettuce in the garden. Photo/Aegis staff
  7. 7. Improving our natural and urban environment <ul><li>The garden improves the environment by cleaning the air. </li></ul><ul><li>It may also influence students to create their own gardens at home. </li></ul>A student-painted mural decorates the garden and gives visitors a vision of what students hope to achieve. Photo/Aegis staff
  8. 8. How the garden improves and preserves open space <ul><li>We need a garden because it will help us eat healthier and decrease obesity in our community. </li></ul><ul><li>The garden will also project a better vibe about our school. </li></ul><ul><li>It also shows us that fruits and vegetables can thrive in this environment and overcome obstacles, just as students can. </li></ul>An unidentified student waters seedlings begun in a grow lab funded by a Donors Choose grant and maintained by students and resource teacher Amy Wilder. Photo/Aegis staff
  9. 9. How the garden inspires The garden shows how we can unite to achieve one goal, which is to plant the seeds of nature, and watch them thrive. A sign in the garden urges students to come together to protect and preserve it. Ongoing construction at Oakland High has put the garden’s future in jeopardy. Photo/Aegis staff
  10. 10. For more information Contac This presentation was produced by the staff of the Aegis, the student newspaper of Oakland High School, under the guidance of managing editor Lisa Lac, adviser Lara Trale, and with the help of resource teacher Amy Wilder. This work is part of a project by the Oaktown Teen Times (www.oaktownteentimes.org), funded by the Open Circle Foundation. For more on Oakland High’s campaign to preserve its school garden, see the Aegis at http://oaklandaegis.com or contact Trale at laratrale@gmail.com