Creekside Cooperative to spice up the soup |

Creekside Cooperative to spice up the soup

Wholesome education defines the Creekside experience. Students, teachers, family and community have joined together to create an education experience as diverse as life itself at the innovative Creekside Cooperative Charter School, a California K-8 public school located in Tahoe City.

and#8220;The Creekside education program is focused on each studentand#8217;s unique curiosity and enthusiasm to learn from their environment,and#8221; remarks Camille Taylor, Director of Creekside. and#8220;Our team has developed an organic and dynamic program of self-motivation grounded in community and wrapped in fun, excitement and the joy of discovery.and#8221;

Creekside instruction adds a twist to the elementary education by combining the best of the traditional site-based model with the flexibility of an independent study program. Four days a week the students study within their classroom communities, mixing core subjects with enriching experiences from daily foreign language instruction to learning how the brain works in a program called and#8220;Focus-Pocus: the Magic of the Mind.and#8221; Field trips take students outside the classroom and into their global community. Vibrant and energetic teachers blend a broad spectrum of materials and experiences for hands-on learning. Fridays find students, parents and community volunteers engaged in workshops on environmental stewardship, nutrition, gardening, skiing, visual and performing arts, science and technology exploration and more, enhancing the studentsand#8217; world-view, and bringing relevance to the knowledge they are developing within the classrooms.

and#8220;My daughter is eager and excited to meet each school day. Her enthusiasm for learning has touched all areas of her life, from reading to her curiosity about the world at large. We are thrilled to be active members of the Creekside Community,and#8221; states Jenn Banid, mother of kindergarten student Kailea Kelly.

Funded entirely by the schooland#8217;s PTO through fundraising and donations, Creeksideand#8217;s Friday Enrichment and foreign language sponsorship bring families and community together, creating a strong sense of partnership. In her first year as a Creekside parent, Jenn Banid jumped right into the important role of chairing Creeksideand#8217;s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser, set for Sunday, May 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. Launching with the theme, and#8220;Earth Day is Every Day,and#8221; Banid and her Souper Team are planning an afternoon experience for the whole community. Families will enjoy a delicious meal of hearty soups and banquet of appetizers and desserts, while being entertained by Creekside students. Fun games and craft projects will be ongoing, along with a raffle, and live and silent auction, including art pieces showcasing the talents of young Creekside artists.

The Souper Raffle Grand Prize is an eight day, seven night Dream Vacation to the winnerand#8217;s choice destination of Hawaii or Mexico and includes a $500 cash gift card and one-day destination excursion. Other raffle prizes include an array of items generously donated by local businesses, professionals and artists. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at New Moon, Ruffles and Roughnecks, The Crest Cafe and Creekside School. Souper Bowl admission tickets are $15 for adults and children free. With this ticket you will receive a discount to decorate your own soup bowl at All Fired Up, located in Squaw Valley. For more information call Creekside Cooperative Charter School at 581-1036.

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