Weekend Links: Project Knapsack Delivers, The Garden Club at LILA, and More!

Working with elementary students at the Molalatladi Primary School. The Principal is Mama Julia Ngobeni. Amazing students and teachers.
Project Knapsack working with elementary students at the Molalatladi Primary School in Soweto, S. Africa. The Principal is Mama Julia Ngobeni. Amazing students and teachers. Project Knapsack delivers backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Africa and Latin America. A number of Los Angeles private school partner with Project Knapsack as part of their community service programs. April 2014.
Porcha Dodson, Beyond The Brochure co-author (and former teacher at Curtis School) talks to students in Soweto, S. Africa. April 2014.
Porcha Dodson, Beyond The Brochure co-author (and former teacher at Curtis School) talks to students in Soweto, S. Africa. April 2014.
Students at the Molalatladi Primary School in Sowets, S. Africa, excited about their new school supplies donated by Project Knapsack, founded by Porcha Dodson, Beyond The Brochure co-author. April 2014.
At a luuch to benefit Prototypes, an organization dedicated to helping women recover from drug abuse and reunite with their children. Amazing event at the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive. With Matt Steiner and Rachel Sarnoff (Prototypes)
At the Celebrate Mother’s Lunch to benefit Prototypes, an organization dedicated to helping women recover from drug abuse and reunite with their children. Amazing event at the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive. With Matt Steiner and Rachel Sarnoff of Prototypes/Mommy Greenest.
Over Spring Break, we spent four days in Las Vegas where my son's team took 2nd place in the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament!
Tired, but happy team. Over Spring Break, we spent four days in Las Vegas where my son’s club team, Pacific Elite, took 2nd place in the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament!
Las Vegas Invitational 3
Go #23! Las Vegas Invitational Tournament

Lycée International De Los Angeles (LILA) (above) has a new Gardening Club on the Los Feliz campus, created by students, parents and staff. They were approved for a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation to keep their garden project going! (LILA news release).

 

Many of you know how much we love school gardens at Beyond The Brochure. According to a study by Cornell University, kids get more exercise if their school has a garden (Cornell University).

 

I posted the articles below on Beyond The Brochure’s Facebook Page. If you didn’t see them, check your “Pages Feed” on the left column of your Facebook Page. Facebook now only shows readers a small portion of what we post. The more “likes” and comments on the Facebook page, the better!

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Dealing with private school rejection is hard. This mom puts it all in perspective. Rejected From Preschool, A Toddler Is Fine, Her Mother Is Getting There (NYT Motherlode). 

 

My friend Tanya Anton is an expert on all things public schools. I love this piece about what to do if your child’s school isn’t the right fit. Tanya’s advice is spot on for private school parents too. (Go Mama Guide).

 

If The Ivy League Is The End Game, I’m Not Sure I Want To Play. Wonderful piece from an Ivy League mom who isn’t sure that’s what she wants for her child. (NYT Motherlode).

 

 Have a great weekend!–Christina

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New Online Shop From Private School Garden Goddess/Mom Lauri Kranz of Edible Gardens LA

Lauri Kranz, Edible Gardens LA
Garden Goddess Lauri Kranz, Edible Gardens LA (photos: Edible Gardens LA)

My friend, Lauri Kranz, founder of Edible Gardens LA, has just launched a super-cool new garden inspired line of goods. Some of you know I’m obsessed with school gardens! As I’ve mentioned previously, Lauri oversees the school gardens at Westland, Willows, Walther preschool and others schools.

 

From a school garden
From a school garden

 

She also counts The LA County Museum of Art among her many high-profile clients. Now, Lauri goes beyond blossoms, bulbs and branches to partner with Jenni Kayne, Joe’s Jeans, Chef Suzanne Goin and to create a line of gardening products that combine form and function.

 

Here are my favorite picks from the new line:

My favorite!
From Edible Gardens LA: A must-have sun hat
Love this apron by Joe's Jeans for Edible Gardens LA. Worn by Thandi Newton
Love this apron by Joe’s Jeans for Edible Gardens LA. Worn by Thandi Newton
A gorgeous herb pot
A gorgeous Victoria Morris herb pot

To shop and see the complete product line, click on Edible Gardens LA’s Market

 

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