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Review for Edu Designs, Arcadia, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Ruthie is a consumate artist, creative, and wonderful people loving instructor!! She is a joy to the entire world! She has resourcefully joined with others to create a vibrant nonprofit, an evergreen reference book, a powerhouse of tools for teachers, and a safe place for moms to excel, children and families to enjoy nature and learn science. A powerhouse of wonder, surprise, fun and achievement if there ever was. I'm now a long term fan.

New Education Options has just worked in Sherman Oaks presenting her titles to the Church of the Chimes in their annual holiday boutique. I've just been on Ruth's online community "v-logger" show. Hope that across the So Cal area we can work with bookstores, schools, parks, and art stores to make sure that this marvelous work can expand our understanding of the gorgeous county and deserving biosphere where we live. Coast to mountain to river to desert....her instruction will connect us to woods, wildlife, proportion, and shading while having a marvelous time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Book her now before she gets too busy! Or find out how to work with your classroom on Zoom online to connect Nature to Nurture to voice and to student assessments and portfolios.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for New Education Options, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

KidsFirst So Cal is now housed at Califa and Desoto with Billy Blanks in a shared dance and exercise and child development studio! Wow, a fifth element! Wonderful care, tutoring and field trips.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Congregational Church Of The Chimes, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have adopted the Church of the Chime's Oak and Redwood Trees to do Citizen Science in the San Fernando Valley with administrator Joi as one of the "Burl Gyrls" (Burl Girls for the Burl of 'Hazel" our biggest redwood tree at the Hazeltine Street Church Sign mid property, Scout at the back and Fellow in the middle. We are collecting acorns to grow in LAUSD elementary school projects with Green Up and GLOBE.gov/NASA and Mission Earth. What an incredible community, always embracing, and sheer joy.

Bo Lebo, Director, NEO

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for New Education Options, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Bo completed her Masters Project on Musical Linguistics for 3rd graders and has begun to work with the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's support. NEO, Inc. became a Community Partner. Programs served children, childcare workers, and classroom teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build the board and fine 8 more schools to work with in the San Fernando Valley for 2014-2016 or 2016-2018 to begin launching new teachers and serving a goal of 10 Elementary Schools and/or 2000 children in the 3rd District in LA County.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for New Education Options, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

"Songs as sweet as chocolate. Programs based on brain research and the wonder of childhood as expressed through gorgeous rhymes and rhythms. Ongoing love of learning, practice, practicality, and persistence." "Working to lower Californian water usage by millions of gallons by linking long term memory, mindful awareness and the arts to English speakers, students and family through the love of words and music" "Making our riverbank memorable one drip at a time."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching children respond with all their hearts and spontaneously dance, jump, read and sing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it it's bus and support its work with LADWP, the Economic Alliance, LAUSD, and other agencies.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The impact its had on its audiences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, professional, and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a model that combines arts, science, and inquiry and link kids, parents and teachers to affordable scalable solutions for healthier schools, communities, job and school readiness. Improve core resiliency in tough times while improving test scores.

Ways to make it better...

The program had found a more regular funding source to provide for a seasonal calendared set of regional and specific tour dates and the LEA contracts to serve more schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Field research, innovative program, and SES Title one cuts. It has volunteered and so it hasn't been on the list for large donations yet. As a young award winning nonprofit venture, it still needs a backbone of support & needs to build Mindspan Members.

One thing I'd also say is that...

That learning how to learn is part of bringing generations into our culture now and making our country stronger, happier, healthier, and more employable/competitive no matter where one is starting with reading, words, performance, or studying.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & work with children, perform, instruct and develop content that is instruction without teaching.