Wednesday, August 05, 2009
my alma mater
This grade school opened in the fall of 1953 when I was in the third grade. I remember those years as mostly good, though I did have some issues in 4th grade,5th and 6th were fine. Our Brownie troop (#278)began there and at some point, we "flew up" to become Girl Scouts. (Great troop with wonderful leaders. We managed to go down to Carmel for a few days and we even trekked all the way down to Catalina Island. We camped out often, sold lots of cookies, and generally had a great time.) But I digress. Fast track to now...the school looks so inviting I almost wish I could go back. The plantings are of mostly native plants, the art, done by students, is fabulous, and... well, its a school that parents really try to get their kids into. We had lots of music and art "way back then" but no major art installations like there are now. These tiles were all done by students. I think the Starry Starry Night painting on the back of the multipurpose room was too. (need to find out)The large painting on the newer buildings is huge and fun but again, I don't know who is doing the actual painting. Still, doesn't this look like a fun place to get one's education? They score high in academics too. And, they even have grass now! We had dirt. We were happy. We didn't know any different! The playground is home to a large flock of western Bluebirds. I don't remember seeing Bluebirds when I was a kid. Scrub Jays, Yellow-Billed Magpies, Crows, Robins, Killdeer, but Bluebirds? nope.