Adopt-a-School serves two main purposes...
We work with local congregations and other community-minded organizations to help support schools with greater need. Backpacks, supplies, parent workshops, and student enrichment are all ways we contribute to a positive school environment. Through supported services for youth, families, and staff such as our Backpack Drives and Appreciation Luncheon, we seek to both appreciate and enhance the school's morale and community.
We seek to help design, install, maintain, and teach from gardens spaces in school campuses. Urban youth don’t get much exposure to the wild or where their food comes from, so we “bring the wild” and edible foods to them by designing and installing gardens in their schools. Our environmental projects at various schools in the community serve to teach students about the importance of preserving the environment through the lens of nature and team-building activities.
Go on a walk through the Nature Garden!
Take a 360° virtual tour through the Nature Garden at Richard Garvey Intermediate School in Rosemead, CA which was started by our very own Jesse Chang, Executive Director of Catalyst SGV back in 2015. Together with the school community, a beautiful educational garden overflowing with abundant flowers, plants, and native species was built and now thrives as a space that students can use to appreciate and learn about nature. This interactive tour created by the California Native Plant Society gives you the chance to experience the beauty of our garden firsthand!
Go on the virtual tour here!
"The MuralKit at Garvey Intermediate is an artistic extension of their campus jewel, a lush native garden. The space had been transformed from the all-too-familiar landscape of dead grass and invasive weeds, to a robust habitat complete with a vernal pool! Jesse Chang with Catalyst San Gabriel Valley is the maestro behind this incredible model of what a campus can be."
Learning to appreciate people and nature
Through the Adopt-a-School Program, Catalyst SGV works closely with local schools to build school gardens and support the students and staff. The students are able to actively work together to help cultivate and build these gardens from the ground up with the help and support of our team members while also receiving resources they can use in school. The children develop communication, teamwork, and appreciation for the environment all the while their school gets their own beautiful garden!