Birney Buzz: U-31 & Jog-a-thon Fundraisers

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Eat, Drink and Support Birney at U-31 on Feb. 28
Join us on February 28 from 6–10 pm at U-31, a great local watering hole, for a fun evening of food, drinks and socializing while supporting Birney. Located at 3112 University Ave., U-31 has great food, including burgers, tacos, green bean fries, and a full bar. U-31 will give 40% of the receipts generated to Birney’s Foundation, so come check it out!

2014 Run for the Green on Mar. 14
On March 14, Birney will hold its annual Run for the Green Jog-a-Thon fundraiser. Students, parents and staff from Birney will be out in the neighborhood asking for sponsors to help close our funding gap. Stay tuned for more info next month.

New Year, New Name for Birney’s Garden Education Program
Birney’s school garden has become an integral part of our “specials” program, and it’s proving its worth. More than just teaching kids about gardening, the Dig Down Deep team of Mindy Swanson and Mickey McQuerry actively work with teachers in each grade level to incorporate hands-on math, science, art and Spanish activities tied to the concepts being taught in the classroom. For 2012-13, Birney recorded the second highest science California Standards Test scores in the district, showing just how effective this collaboration has become. To reflect this, the program has now been named the Urban Agriculture and Earth Sciences Lab. Thanks to all who continue to help support this great addition to our school.

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