Festival to spotlight school's programs

Proceeds to help expand garden, food growing
2013-03-21T00:00:00Z Festival to spotlight school's programsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Abbie Loveland Tuller School, a tuition-based school at 5870 E. 14th St., is presenting a Spring Fest featuring games and other family activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Students, faculty, parents, family members, alumni and community members are invited to learn about the educational opportunities at Tuller that go beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, according to a news release from the school.

Electives at Tuller include blacksmithing, gardening, art-yearbook, robotics and home economics.

At the Spring Fest, parents and kids will make a seed starter pot from recycled newspaper, fill it with special seed mix, plant seeds, then take the starter pot home to plant.

Admission to the fest is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and games and a jumping castle cost $1. You can make a gourd birdhouse for $10.

Funds from the Spring Fest will go toward expanding the school's garden and teaching students about life, nature and growing food, according to the school.

This year Tuller transitioned to a vegan lunch program, joining with Urban Fresh, a new downtown restaurant focused on a plant-based menu.

"The effects we are seeing with our students are fantastic," faculty member Michael Bagesse said in the news release. "We see higher concentration in the classroom, higher test scores and more smiling. The old saying 'You are what you eat' couldn't be more relevant in this day and age, and now we truly are giving our children the absolute best that is available."

Tuller offers classes from kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information, call 747-5280 or go to www.tullerschool.com online.

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