Jose Mendoza with OASIS students

The OASIS students in Ms. Larkin’s class at Condor Hueneme site had the wonderful opportunity to hear and interact with Jose Mendoza “The Gardener.” He created a project entitled “Avenue of the Arts” which involves Hueneme art students and the Condor Oasis students. Jose came to the US from Guatemala when he was young to avoid the violence if a civil war, and started his own gardening business. One day he decided he had more to offer and has written two books of poetry. He shared a powerful poem with our class called “Take a Minute to Change the World.”

                The Oasis students responded to the poem with their own prose, poetry, and art. These creative works were shared in class and given to Jose to make a collage united with poems and art from the Hueneme students. (See photos) The art will be displayed during an art reception on May 17 in the HHS library, and awards will be given by the District. Even more significant is that Condor High School will be represented in Jose’s poem and in the art college to be presented to the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The art work and writings of the students are powerful and meaningful.

             The OASIS students in Ms. Larkin’s class at Condor Hueneme site had the wonderful opportunity to hear and interact with Jose Mendoza “The Gardener.” He created a project entitled “Avenue of the Arts” which involves Hueneme art students and the Condor Oasis students. Jose came to the US from Guatemala when he was young to avoid the violence if a civil war, and started his own gardening business. One day he decided he had more to offer and has written two books of poetry. He shared a powerful poem with our class called “Take a Minute to Change the World.”

                The Oasis students responded to the poem with their own prose, poetry, and art. These creative works were shared in class and given to Jose to make a collage united with poems and art from the Hueneme students. (See photos) The art will be displayed during an art reception on May 17 in the HHS library, and awards will be given by the District. Even more significant is that Condor High School will be represented in Jose’s poem and in the art college to be presented to the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The art work and writings of the students are powerful and meaningful.