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Using Billinge's philosophy of education through action, KftB's teaching staff transforms classrooms and local habitats into living laboratories for learning.
KftB's students (25,000 to date) have planted thousands of trees and wildflowers along urban creeks, cleaned tons of trash from school neighborhoods, and helped to reduce the waste stream from their schools.
"We include every teacher and student in the school in these programs, which means that students and parents participate in KIDS for the BAY's projects year after year as they move through a school." In target schools, KftB's programs are integrated into the schoolwide curricula and culture.
Teachers and principals are enthusiastic about KftB's programs.
Billinge is proud of KftB's multicultural staff, which reflects the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Over the next three years, KftB will work with all the schools in unincorporated Contra Costa County, northeast of San Francisco, to deliver this program to every fourth-grade teacher and class.
KftB provides curriculum guides, support for student-centered environmental action projects, and an equipment package for each school.
In 2003, KftB added a new camp for 8-to 10-year-old students.
Damonique Tupuola, now a junior at Richmond High School, participated in a KftB program when she was in third grade at Dover Elementary School.
KftB has worked with 21,000 children and 750 teachers throughout the East Bay.
KftB also trains teachers to encourage students to show responsibility and care for their communities.
KftB brings dynamic real-life learning programs and needed resources to low-income, urban schools.
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