Greenhouse Program Kickoff

The new Greenhouse Club at Edgewater Elementary was officially underway on January 15, 2015. This program is an after school activity for Edgewater third graders. Volunteers spent the day preparing the greenhouse for the first group of students.

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So far we have 40 third graders enrolled in the program and 30 on a wait list! Thursday was spent on orientation. The kids were very excited to get started!

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Mrs. Finnegan led introductions and fun introductory activities. We also decorated our garden journals!

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Two groups of volunteers will be at Edgewater Elementary on Mondays and Thursdays for an hour each day. On behalf of all the volunteers, we look forward to working with this great group of kids and helping them learn about gardening and nutrition.

 

Garden Party – January 25, 2015

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What a fun party!! We had over 20 people show up and a ton of food.

We are overwhelmed and humbled by all the wonderful support and people that have helped create Jovial Gardens. Thank you all very much.

I want to send a special thanks to AJ again for all of his outstanding work! I also would like to special mention Chris Grant and Vicki Peterson for all their work and support as well! We couldn’t do it without gracious folks like you!

We also want to sincerely thank Shannon and Alyssa for all the work they put into making this party happen. The food was delicious and you lady’s did a great job organizing everything. Thank you!

Thank you all again and we can’t wait to see you next month!

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Jovial Futures Will Meet on Fridays!

20140528_145710We are excited to announce Jovial Futures will be meeting 2 extra days each month at Wheat Ridge 5-8!

We have noticed that the grades of several of our students have been dropping. We though maybe they didn’t understand the homework or weren’t doing it, but the real reason they are doing poorly is absolutely shocking! Our students are actually completing their homework on time, but they are not turning it in! One student showed me a paper that was months old crumpled in the bottom of a backpack! Almost all of our Futures students had at least one completed assignment that hadn’t been turned in and a whole laundry list of reasons for why they it didn’t make it to the teacher!

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“I forgot”
“I didn’t know when it was due”
“My teacher’s email address is wrong”
“My Ipad is broken”
“I have to many other things to carry”
But overwhelmingly, “It doesn’t matter” “I don’t care” and
“I’m not motivated”

To address this issue we will be meeting twice a month to explore new organizational tactics! We are going to motivate our students by demonstrating how easy it is to get A’s and showing them the importance of good grades down the road. We will even be rewarding students who demonstrate their organizational skills as well as A’s, B’s, and C’s with raffle tickets for their own Ipad, Ipod, or Apple Headphones!!

 

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Good Luck Futures students and we will see you next Wednesday where we will be announcing the decision for our 2014 community project!

 

 

What are your best tricks to staying organized?
Please share below!

Peace Initiative Contest 2014




What will YOU do for Peace? For Jovial Concepts, Peace is about having a safe place to sleep without fear of violence or weather, having adequate healthy food for your family, having the ability to provide for those you care about, having access to education, fair public media, health care, clean water, and most importantly having access to all basic human needs in a way that is sustainable from one generation to the next.

To do this alone would be impossible, Jovial Concepts has designed several different programs to engage communities in Colorado and globally in examining their community, educating residents, and creatively and actively problem solving. In 2013 Jovial Concepts awarded $5,000 in project funding to the best entry in our Peace Initiative contest.This year, we are expanding our contest to include Elementary, Middle, and High School submissions!

Through submitting a project to Jovial Concepts students will look at their community, learn about current social and economic problems, and come up with creative solutions. The Peace Initiative Contest process gives youth much needed experience with budgeting, planning, organizing, and application skills that will be useful for the rest of their life. Their projects will be a practical addition to college and job applications, as well as useful insight for schools and employers into the community mindfulness of Colorado youth.

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