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placeholder January 24, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

A gift of music
Stephanie Railsback instructs kindergartners at St. Martin de Porres School. Many kindergartners receive violin instruction twice a week in a new program, which is a gift from Frederica von Stade, famed mezzo-soprano and supporter of the Oakland school.
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Partnerships blossom at
St. Martin de Porres School

If it indeed takes a village to raise a child, the villagers have much to be proud of at St. Martin de Porres School.

As schools grapple with ways to do more with less, St. Martin de Porres offers some insights into innovative ways to get the most out of limited resources.

That federally funded meal program, which provides breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, is prepared by a cooperative, Las Madres de San Martin de Porres, providing mothers of schoolchildren the opportunity to work, as well as be part of their children’s lives.

“It’s a lot like a family here,” says Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, president of the school, which has two campuses.

The school’s support of families includes parenting education. A psychologist from Children’s Hospital Oakland is part of the team. A discussion of discipline tips for home is on the agenda. “We put a lot of energy on family education,” said Sister Barbara.

Partnerships help the campus blossom, sometimes quite literally. Students benefit from a garden on campus, powered by OBUGS — an Oakland-based urban gardening nonprofit.

“Our kids love vegetables,” says Sister Barbara. Grants from Home Depot paid for the lumber for the raised beds.

And overlooking the garden is a mural refreshed by students at St. Mary’s College High School.

Students who perform below grade level receive support from teachers paid for by the Oakland Unified School District.

The school has more than 100 volunteers, including students from St. Mary’s College and the University of California Berkeley.

Enrollment had been an issue for the school. In 2002, there were 78 students; today there are 210. Financial assistance is available.

— Michele Jurich

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