Special Programs

Thanks to funding from the WTPA, Wade Thomas students have the opportunity to participate in several programs on campus during the school year. Learn more about each of them.

Mindfulness with Jen Couture, LMTF

With a personal mindful practice for over 30 years, Marin County therapist and child advocate Jen Couture brings mindful tools into  elementary school classrooms throughout Marin. Trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to students in grades K-12, Jen offers this curriculum as a complement to schools’ existing social and emotional programming

Children for Change

Homegrown in Marin County, California, Children for Change offers an integrated in-school program for schools looking to provide service learning across their campus. Children for Change curriculum is provided to students once/week and can be enriched with guest speakers, assembly speakers, and even service trips. Lunch and after school club programming can be added for additional involvement and enrichment activities that extend classroom lessons into project-based learning.

Poetry with Pseads

This multi-week program provides students the unique opportunity for self-expression, meaningful community action, and a pathway for students to apply their voices as creators of social change through art. To date, Pseads has partnered with multiple school districts and more than 70,000 poems have been written by over 2,000 students.

Wade Thomas School Garden

A garden is a wonderful place for children to play, learn, and grow. Youth who participate in gardening programs enjoy dramatic, documented gains in many areas of growth including:

  • Attitudes toward conservation and sustainability
  • Environmental literacy and attitudes toward nature
  • Social skills
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Community spirit
  • Self-confidence

The Wade Thomas School Garden program relies on volunteers to get our students out into the garden. Throughout the year, garden volunteers work with each classroom to do fun projects and activities in the garden. In addition volunteers weed and do various projects around the school to beautify our campus for our students, staff and community.

For more information on becoming a class garden parent or to sign up for volunteering, please click the button below.

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Safe Routes to School

Founded in Marin over 20 years ago, the mission of the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program is to increase the number of students walking and cycling to school. The most visible part of the program is the monthly “Walk and Roll Wednesday” that celebrates the children who walk or ride to school with prizes and recognition. Because the Transportation Authority of Marin runs the program, they also provide in-class education, walking and bike rodeos to help kids understand the rules of the road, and task force meetings to allow parents to connect directly with law enforcement and transportation planners in Marin. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the monthly Walk and Roll prize table and with the 3x per year safety task force meetings.

Spring 2024 Walk and Roll Wednesday dates:
February 7
March 6
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8 (National Bike to School Day)

Walker Creek

The Marin County Outdoor School at Walker Creek Ranch is dedicated to helping elementary schools satisfy their educational goals through quality instruction within a special learning environment that inspires and motivates students to achieve an appreciation of the natural world. Using the principals of thematic instruction, the Outdoor School program enhances a student’s critical thinking, processing, and socialization skills.