Recently we went on a walk through the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with the students from Paul Public Charter School. As we walked through the urban area, students mapped community resources, businesses, housing, and green spaces. They also noted problems they encountered, such as unsafe intersections or empty lots. Some of their observations:
"There’s a lot of green space unoccupied."
"Almost everyone seems to have plants and flowers growing."
"I see lots of trash on the ground."
"I saw a community garden and was very surprised."
This week the students will turn their powers of observation to their own school garden as they prototype design projects to improve the space for community use.