On October 14, Social Justice Food Class visited Enterprise Farm in Whately. We learned about organic farming and different ways farms are trying to bring fresh produce to urban areas. Enterprise, for example, has a food truck that brings fresh vegetables to Springfield at an affordable price. Our kids loved trying fresh spinach directly from the earth, as well as orange bell pepper and swiss chard. The good folks at Enterprise then sent us off with a bag of free apples! 


On September 18, 2014, Office Manager Melanie Diaz and Academic Support Teacher Jenifer Ortiz and some of our students had the pleasure of listening to Erin Gruwell talk about her career as a teacher in California. Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students. Erin’s story was the inspiration for the movie “Freedom Writers” starring Hillary Swank and Patrick Dempsey. 



Paulo Freire Extends Lease at 161 Lower Westfield Road

Executive Director, Bob Brick is pleased to report to the community that the Board of Trustees recently voted to extend the lease at 161 Lower Westfield Road for 2 more years.  This will allow the school to stay put and to carefully plan for a permanent home for the school following this 3-year period.

The Board signed the lease extension last week, which was the result of our original negotiations with the landlord as part of our space procurement process from over a year ago.

The Board had authorized a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for Leased Space this summer, but was disappointed that only one response was forthcoming.  The Board felt that the response did not meet all of the space needs as outlined in the RFP.  Consequently they decided to take advantage of the option we already had.

We will begin planning how to add the necessary square footage to accommodate the increase of students planned for over the next two years.  We will also begin the planning process for our permanent home at the same time.  Anyone interested in joining a committee to help plan should contact Bob Brick (