Wildflowers at Cunningham

Spring wildflowers are blooming in abundance at Cunningham.  We are participants in lots of programs that promote sustainability and environmental care in our community – including Eco-Schools USA and PEAS Community Farm, and Cunningham is also a designated Certified Schoolyard Habitat Site.  We’re very proud of our green efforts at school.  Stop by this spring to see all the gorgeous wildflowers!

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Teaching and Learning Outside – Ms. Maples in New Zealand

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Our own Ms. Maples is currently in New Zealand.  You can follow along with her adventures and read about the wonderful knowledge she’ll be bringing back to the community: http://www.teachingandlearningoutside.org/blog

Lauren Maples is a second grade teacher at Cunningham Elementary School in Austin, Texas.  Lauren is the founder and co-manager of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) where she has been growing the community farm on the Cunningham Elementary campus since 2011.  Her passion for plants and nature inspired her to apply for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.  She has been awarded the Fulbright grant and is spending February-May of 2015 studying the best practices that are being used in New Zealand for place-based outdoor education.


Sustainability Resource Fair

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Austin ISD will host a Sustainability Resource Fair from 6:30–8:30p.m. Feb. 25 at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

The fair will showcase resources to help AISD schools focus on recycling, composting and other ways to keep trash out of landfills.

The event is free and open to the public. Carpooling and other green transportation options are encouraged. There will be free parking in the city hall garage.

For questions, please contact AISD Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Cregar at jennifer.cregar@austinisd.org.