FFI Bits – January 2019

On December 13, students from the Walking School Bus (WSB) program participated in the 2nd Annual “Walking School Bus Kindness Project.” Each student contributed an item for the trail mix or holiday cards that they made together after school. The group then delivered the cards and trail mix to local volunteers and public servants around the community. In true WSB style, ALL deliveries were made on foot.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Postville 4th graders recently had a “jam” lesson. They learned about different steps of the food system by completing important roles in the process of making strawberry jam. There was a ‘harvester and washer’ at the farm, a ‘slicer,’ a ‘mixer,’ and a ‘packager’ and ‘label-maker’ at the factory and last, a ‘truck driver’ that delivered our jam to the super market.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Fayette County preschoolers learned about how vegetables grow. Some grow UP (like corn, cabbage and peppers). Some grow DOWN (like beets, potatoes and carrots) and some grow AROUND (like pumpkins, tomatoes and green beans).


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon: A Wellness Challenge for all ages and abilities!
Complete a full marathon worth of activities (or more!) between January 1 and March 1. Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or you can play outside (create forts, build a snowman, sled, etc.) for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Complete one or more marathons for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the local sports/health business, or recreation center of your choice! More details here


The Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference is an annual conference providing insight, idea sharing, education, and programming on all things Safe Routes to School. Six years running, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition will bring together partners and collaborators from across the state to network, learn, share ideas, and talk about best practices on Jan. 24. 


Northeast Iowa offers many ways to stay active! Check out Visit Iowa.org to see a list of all the fun outdoor opportunities in our region!

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