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Final Exams BART Shuttle Schedule

May 26th-27th
Am Shuttle: 7:40am & 8:05am pick up at San Leandro BART
Afternoon Shuttle: 12:30pm & 1:30pm departs BOD to San Leandro BART

May 28th
Am Shuttle: 7:40am & 8:05am pick up at the San Leandro BART
Afternoon Shuttle: 12:30pm,1:30pm and 2:30pm departs BOD to San Leandro BART

May 29th
Am Shuttle: 7:40am & 8:05am pick up at San Leandro BART
Morning Shuttle: 10:30am &11:30am departs BOD to San Leandro BART

**There will be no 3:30pm or 6:15pm BART Shuttles during finals week**

Book Buyback and Rental Book Check-In Event

Our annual Book Buyback and rental book check-in will be held Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the cafeteria.

Students enjoy fresh honey direct from hive – It doesn’t get better

Students enjoy honey fresh from the comb.

Bee Scales Wall O’ Honey

The new student body President for next year loves honey.

Mr. Koller approved honey.

Loco Bee Keeper wants you to stay away from his honey. JK

Clay Club Donates to Potters for Peace Clay Water Filter Program

On May 19 Bishop O’Dowd’s Clay Club is sending a check for $413.00 to Potter’s for Peace Clay Water Filter Project raised by the Clay Club.

As stated from the Potters for Peace website:

Every year 1.7 million people, mainly children under the age of five, die from diarrhea which is caused by unsafe water. The objective of the Potters for Peace Water Filter Project is to make safe drinking water available by helping set up workshops that will produce ceramic water filters made from local materials. These filters are low-tech and low-cost and eliminate approximately 99.88% of water-born disease agents.

Since 1998, Potters for Peace has been assisting in the production of a low-tech, low-cost, colloidal silver-enhanced ceramic water purifier (CWP) throughout the world and ceramic water purifiers based on the Potters for Peace technology package are now produced at over 50 independent factories in over 30 countries. These filters are the highest-rated product for rural point-of-use water treatment (Smart Disinfection Solutions, 2010).
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Yearbook Signing Highlights

Chicks Move Into Living Lab Coop

The Living Lab now has chickens and they were raised in the CES classroom.

Names suggestions were provided by student. Some of the more amusing names included “Nugget” and “Hot Wings”.

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O’Dowd Students Help Raise $42k

Three O’Dowd students just completed terms on the East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation board. Meredith McCleary ’15 served for two years, and Maddy Farrington ’17 and Hannah Reback ’17 each served for one year on the 26-member board.

The Jewish Teen Foundation trains teens in philanthropy and achieving positive change guided by shared values. Over the course of the year, the teen board develops its own mission statement and requests proposals from non-profit organizations locally, nationally and internationally. This year’s mission was “to improve the health of disadvantaged individuals and communities through preventative education and direct action.” Read more…

Spring EWaste Drive

O’Dowd Receives All-Terrain Wheelchair

Nature lovers with physical challenges can get around O’Dowd’s Living Lab with ease these days. That’s because the school recently received an all-terrain RoughRider wheelchair designed to handle rugged terrain – thanks to a persistent effort from Chris LeBoa ’15.

LeBoa ’15 was inspired to personally seek a grant that allowed for the purchase of the specialized wheelchair after helping longtime Living Lab supporter, David Nesmith (also known as Chicken), navigate the Living Lab after he suffered a stroke. Read more…

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TED Talks


Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo

You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.

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