Artist Joe Sneed, working on a partnership between da Vinci School and King School students, connected with the Dill Pickle Club as a way to orient students to the history of the neighborhood. The Dill Pickle Club led a tour and workshop based on the Oregon History Comics series. The tour was a way for the kids to experience the neighborhood, while comics were a medium for class to create art documenting what they had learned.
Check out the story on the Dill Pickle Club’s website.
Second and third grade students from the King School SUN afterschool program are participating in a partnership with the Emerson Street Garden to learn gardening while working with neighborhood elders to help transform a vacant neighborhood lot into a community asset.
Sixth through eighth graders are partnering with artist Joe Sneed and students from da Vinci Middle school in a five day-a-week class on N/NE History, Art and Culture. They are collecting stories of local neighborhood history from local residents and incorporating these stories into a design for an archway entrance to the garden.
Eight grade students in the King School Technology and Design course will be working with engineers from the Portland Water Bureau to develop a learning center to be built at the garden to be used for educational opportunities and workshops into the future. The Technology and Design course is part of the International Baccalaureate program at King School.
A remarkable group of individuals have come together over two meetings at Reflections Coffee and Talking Drum Bookstore to plan an inter-generational exchange between community elders and King School students. Students in the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the next 5 weeks will learn from community members about their experiences growing food, living in N/NE, neighborhood changes overtime, and what it means to have a community garden in King Neighborhood today.
Students will be taking the stories and lessons they learn and creating art that will then go at the Emerson Garden site.