Safety concerns at Live Oak High School
I want to express my concern about an ongoing Live Oak High School situation.
Schools are, for many children, the safest place they have; however, that is not the case at Live Oak. Teenagers have complained for over two years about feeling unsafe when they go to the school bathroom. The bathrooms appear to have become a place to smoke marijuana and vape, making that area of the school very unsafe for all minors that want to keep themselves away from the use of drugs. Many students avoid going to the bathroom at all.
Many parents have been posting on social media about their concerns and reported reaching out to school and school district authorities; however, nothing has changed.
High school is stressful enough without worrying about finding a suitable bathroom. Students are denied access to the bathrooms located in the school administration area. What is the school or school district waiting for? I wonder if your newspaper can shine a light in this issue to advocate for the safety of our children.
Students learn about vital ag
Recently, students at Charter School of Morgan Hill (a public school for students primarily living in the South Bay Area) completed a three-month plant sale project. They started a business from the ground up, learning many aspects of entrepreneurship—marketing, operations, finance, human resources and sales. They also started the majority of their product from seed.
This project culminated in a two-day plant sale entirely run by fifth graders. They sold over 5,000 plants, hanging flower baskets, color bowls and other garden projects.
The project made a profit of approximately $12,000, which goes back to the school’s Agricultural Education program.
They of course had support from their teachers, parents and community members.
One of the reasons they made so much money was through a partnership with Melissa Wark from Headstart Nursery and Greg Bozzo from GB Landscape Services, Inc. Together, these agricultural companies enabled the students to obtain some of the resources they needed to grow their flower products.
At Charter School Morgan Hill, students in K-8 take Agricultural Science classes to learn about plants, animals and the natural environment. They learn how we are all connected, where their food comes from and the importance of healthy, safe food.
The agriculture industries in this valley are vital to our students and our community, not just for economics but to nurture the next generation.