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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Many Hands Make Light Work

By Sara Langworthy, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium
On Saturday September 19, we had several University of Minnesota Alumni join some Bruce Vento and CYFC staff to spruce up the grounds of Bruce Vento Elementary School for the University of Minnesota's Alumni Day of Service. During this annual event, Gophers from across the nation gather to serve their communities.
Thanks to our volunteers, over the course of three short hours, we were able to weed, prune, clean, and mulch several of the garden beds around the school.

Over 20 bags of yard waste later, the school grounds were looking much better. We also unearthed some local residents who have made a home in the gardens of Bruce Vento Elementary. Don't worry, we left her alone to finish her web. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Check Out Our Latest Bruce Vento Video!

By: Nora Fox

In an effort to streamline the latest happenings at Bruce Vento Elementary School, Sara has been working on a number of videos to be part of a Bruce Vento series, highlighting the past twelve months and future plans for the project.

The brief video offers a concise summary of various parts of the project, including the partnership with Family Innovations and the creation of the school-community garden and calming room.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Having a Bob Ross Moment: The Calming Room Transformed

By Nora Fox, Research Assistant

It is hard to believe earlier this year we were meeting with University of Minnesota College of Design (CD) students in Dr. Abi Asojo’s interior design class and Bruce Vento Elementary School staff to take dimensions of the soon-to-be calming room. Now, fast forward seven months and we are proud to say we completed the painting of the room just in time for school to start. With the assistance of Bruce Vento staff, St. Paul Public School district engineers, and our project team at U of M Extension, we were able to paint the entire Calming Room in a week’s time… And it was so much fun!
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