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Review for River of Words, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Students colored their ideas of a river and life in/around it. They designed it on envelopes and wrote stories in Spanish and/or English about what they learned. The 450 envelopes were streaming through the class upon completion and the students learned in art that the process was called an "installation." Suggestion:the website can post literature for parents to become involved so that the art and writing can be a home assignment.

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

The enthusiasm continued during our second year with two other classroom teachers participating. I noticed the language development increase as students wanted to share their personal stories about camping along a river or simply playing in a city creek.

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

. .ask many generous people to take a close look at the impact of such a strong leader and volunteers; add a sizable financial contribution and human energy to continue outreach to schools for children to understand they are the stewards of our planet.

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

. . .they have it together! Even though each year "they tweak it a bit" "it is on the money" with organization. I know they could use the outreach for staffing and other costs as the economy is a bit of a mess!

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

the staff is unbelievable! During the second year of our participation they had a naturalist come and speak to our students. Patient, kind and knowledgeable are only a few words to describe her. This mirrored the Directors' sincerity in making this happen

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

impact generations to come with outreach for young and old. I can envision a healthier planet and as a result of that, safer and happier.

Ways to make it better...

. . they could have someone speak to the principals to stress the importance of this type of education and how it impacts the learner. That would be very important! And, moreover, I suppose superintendents can request business and government to help!

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

. . . funding. They have such integrity and strength in their board I find that if they could have a great deal of funding and human resources they can make a great shift in our creative world which is sensitive to the human spirit.

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

. . . . thank you for the forum to stress the excellence of this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & Global Family Elementary School in Oakland California Created Art.