May/June News

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Audubon Society Art Exhibit

WhyArts artist Kim Darling worked with students at both Monroe Middle and Morton Magnet to create submissions to the Audubon Society of Omaha’s 2019 Art Show held on April 27th at Creighton University’s Harper Center.  Each year the Audubon Society of Omaha invites students across the city to submit a visual art piece of a species of bird.  The media is left to the artist however, they do ask that they research their bird so they have knowledge of not only what the bird looks like but also what region of the country the bird may be found, what it eats, the kind of habitat it seeks and if it is in danger of having it’s habitat destroyed.  This year they had over 400 applicants to the competition. There were 9 students from Monroe Middle and Morton Magnet combined that each received Merit or Excellence of Merit.

Garden to Table 

Students from Lewis & Clark  feed the resident chickens.


Since 1995, Collective for Youth partner, City Sprouts has maintained a vibrant and thriving community garden in a half-acre plot located at 40th and Franklin Streets in the Orchard Hill Neighborhood of North Omaha. They work with Omaha area residents and volunteers to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs using environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques.

Students from King Science plant potatoes.

Through a partnership with Collective for Youth, partners The Big Garden and City Sprouts provided the Garden to Table Afterschool Program at Lewis and Clark Middle School and King Science/Tech Magnet Middle School. Students learn how to grow vegetables and herbs in their school gardens as well as how to properly harvest, cook, and preserve these crops through various methods. In addition to the essential plant knowledge, students learn about many other aspects of urban agriculture – including chickens, bees, worms, and healthy soil – and why these aspects are important in an urban-ag setting. This program specifically highlights S.T.E.M. education through plant science and organic gardening techniques, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. Garden to Table is always hands-on learning! 

Register today
for our annual Summer Leadership Institute taking place on July 23-24. Click HERE to learn more and register.

Stuff the Bus – In partnership with First National Bank and Two Men and a Truck Drop we are participating in another Stuff the Bus school supply drive. Plan on dropping off school supplies and backpacks at First National Bank Branches throughout Omaha on August 1, 2019. Thanks to our supportive community, over 5,000 students received backpacks and school supplies last year to start the school year off right. Let’s see if we can top that number.

SAVE THE DATE!! Our annual Lights On Afterschool event will take place on October 5, 2019 at the Sapp Field House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It is our celebration of afterschool programs and all that they offer to our students and families. The event is free and open to the public. It is a perfect event for the whole family. 

To register for any of our upcoming Train to Gain and Youth Work Methods workshops please click HERE.