Rochester River Foundation Inc wrote -
Our sustainable future needs generations of Solutionaries—young people who have been taught to solve problems in strategic, comprehensive ways that do the most good and least harm to people, other species, and the environment. The Rochester River School, a proposed K-12 urban school, aims to create Solutionaries through a Humane Education curriculum. Our students will learn knowledge, skills, understandings, and dispositions to create changes, both large and small, and to replace injustice throughout the world with far-reaching justice.
The Rochester River School and the children it will one day serve need your help to build its foundation. Obtaining a charter, creating curriculum, and hiring and training great teachers are all things a start-up school must do before children can actually attend. Unfortunately, until the children do start to attend, there is no funding stream for school development.
Imagine a future in which Rochester’s young citizens support the waterways of Western New York. The Genesee River, Lake Ontario, Erie Canal, and the Finger Lakes, and the thousands of species that make these waterways their homes, are invaluable natural resources. Even young children can understand the injustice of possible extinction and the importance of conservation. Teaching students through relevant, real-world projects based on the intersection of science, mathematics, early literacy, art, and social sciences ensures joyous yet rigorous learning.
Another unique way the Rochester River School will develop Solutionaries is through a vegan school nutrition program. We believe access to a plant-based diet, even just during school hours, will help children develop healthier bodies, stronger minds, and may even help them overcome the allergies and attentional issues that plague so many students. In addition, introducing children and their families to new foods early on may impact their food choices, and therefore their reliance on animals as food, for their lifetimes. The Rochester River School will be the first public school in the United States to provide completely vegan snacks and lunches. Like the Common Ground Charter School, we plan to establish a working urban farm, kitchen, and CSA.
Your gift—large or small—can bring this vision to life.
Why we need funding:
Imagine starting a school from scratch! Everything that lies ahead of us—including the lengthy and complex charter application—requires us to consult costly experts like lawyers, human resources professionals, and accountants. The school application process itself is 500+ pages! Curriculum development, attracting quality teachers, sharing the news of our school with parents who might be interested are all also challenges that lie ahead. If you want Rochester to benefit from the Rochester River School, please be part of our solution. Please support us.
The Rochester River Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is learning lessons about Solutionary education from New York City’s Harbor School, The Institute for Humane Education, Common Ground Charter School in Connecticut, and MUSE School CA, among others.
We hope to open the school in 2018.