Read our latest newsletter and construction update here.
Read our latest newsletter here.
OUSD held a community meeting on Saturday, Nov. 12 to provide updated information about construction of The Center. The meeting was held at Hoover Elementary School which is located near the construction site and future home of the Center. OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson and Board of Education Directors joined the meeting organized by OUSD staff and community and District partners.
“This project puts ‘students first’ which is one of our core values in OUSD,” said Superintendent Wilson. “Ensuring that we are doing everything we can to take care of the whole child is paramount; that includes ensuring that our students have access to high quality food.”
Recently re-elected District 3 Board of Education Director Hinton Hodge reminded all in attendance that the Center “has been a long time coming...This is a historic project that must be done for our children," she said.
John Esposito, OUSD Construction Project Manager, shared details about construction progress including the removal of contaminated soil, and how the ground was prepared for a new foundation.
Construction activity over the next few months is expected to include raising the walls of the building and installing the roof. The interior of the building is expected to be built-out starting in Spring 2017, and the project is on track for completion during Winter 2017-18.
OUSD also had representatives from the Talent Department on hand to assist interested residents in applying for employment with the District. Likewise, staff from 360 Total Concept were also in attendance to assist individuals interested in applying for construction opportunities at The Center.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Angelic, a 5th grade student at Hoover, and her dad Mr. Escalante, a Parent Coordinator, provided a fun and informative tour of the garden at Hoover Elementary. It was incredible to witness the joy all experienced as they listened attentively to Angelic talk about her experiences volunteering in the garden since kindergarten.
Tours of the future home of The Center, located at 2850 West Street, take place on the third Wednesday each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more about the project and to see a time-lapsed video of construction, visit www.ousdthecenter.org.
See photos from the day below. You can also read our updated Construction FAQ here for more detailed information on construction progress.
Our newsletter has updates on The Center's latest construction activity. Read it here.
Curious about construction at The Center site? Get a glimpse below! Click "play" to see a time-lapse video updated every 30 minutes.
Our July 15 newsletter offers an update on the construction activity at The Center, which is now underway. You can read the update here.
Thank you to the more than 100 folks who visited our table at the 9th Annual West Oakland Juneteenth event on June 25! We were inspired by the turnout, and excited to connect with those who stopped by to learn more about The Center and enjoy refreshments from the Oakland Unified School District's Nutrition Services.
In a preview of the fresh food to come when The Center is up and running, Nutrition Services offered kids and other community members fruit and infused water to help them keep cool on this hot summer day.
Nayaa Lacy (pictured below), one of two newly hired Neighborhood Construction Liaisons, was there to support the event and connect with our neighbors. We were honored to take part in "Celebrating the Brilliant Minds of Past, Present, and Future" (this year's theme), and look forward to more West Oakland events in the future.
Check out OUSD's video capturing all the highlights from The Center's Groundbreaking Ceremony:
Our April 22 newsletter offers an update on the construction activity expected at The Center over the next few weeks, as well as coverage of The Center Groundbreaking Ceremony. You can read the update here.
Several people shared inspiring words at our Groundbreaking Ceremony, but only one did so in song! Check out the video below of the TomKat Foundation's Kat Taylor singing "Sausage and Kale," her tribute to all that's good about The Center.
Here are Kat's lyrics:
Sausage and Kale
(to the tune of “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King)
Once upon a time we had a different tray
Filled with food so sketchy, we just threw it away
But then there came a new day
Farmers and food service staff concocted a deal
More delicious local-grown ingredients steal
And make a brand new meal
Leafy greens, spices and tangerines
Jicama, tomatoes like we’ve never seen
Beans, meat, cheese of the un-processed kind
Fish tacos, chicken rice bowls - how you blow our mind
Sausage and k-a-ale
Antipasta, turkey Sriracha
And we won’t let go …
Salad bars and chicken sliders
How we love you
Healthy dressings are right above you
And we won’t let go …
Oh, no, no, no
Sausage and kale
Oh, yea, yea, yea