Op Ed: A New Community School for Santa Barbara Children
By Allison Turkish
Imagine an elementary campus where the children are happy, eager to learn, and love to come to school every day. They are heard by their peers and teachers and get to make choices about what and how they study.
These are just some of the goals of a proposed free non-profit charter school for TK-6th grade students in the Santa Barbara area named Thoreau Community School (TCS).
SBUSD’s School Board will vote on the TCS charter petition on Tuesday, February 23. If you would like a school like Thoreau to come to our area, would you please write to the Board members and share your opinion?
As part of the Founding Group, I am excited to have the opportunity to bring this school to Santa Barbara. I believe Thoreau Community School will inspire this current generation of children to have a lifelong appreciation of the world around them while learning to be smart, compassionate, creative, and uniquely themselves. What a gift to our community!
TCS understands the importance of educating the WHOLE child, attending not only to academic needs but also their social and emotional development.
1. Our school climate will be characterized by safety, kindness, and joy in learning where every student is known and cared for.
2. Our nature-based program includes outdoor classroom spaces, frequent participation in a school garden, day trips to spend time in places of wild character. Students will learn to care for themselves, others, and the environment.
3. Children will engage in hands-on activities and projects in order to have authentic, meaningful learning. In addition, our students will have many opportunities to express their creativity through arts education (art, drama, music, dance, etc).
4. We celebrate diversity and will teach about different cultures. We believe in JEDI (justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion).
We will be a most awesome school. If you would like to learn more, please visit our website at https://www.thoreaucommunityschool.org/ (available to read in English or Spanish), call or text 805-243-8940, or email [email protected].
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