Clayton Ridge teachers Sara Lawrence and Brian Lawrence will receive up to $200 to integrate agriculture in to their science or language arts lessons and conduct Ag in the Classroom type projects. Continue reading
Fresh herbs and cheeses were an unconventional yet exciting part of the educational experience for Eagle Club members at Clayton Ridge Middle School this spring. In February, the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) awarded 172 grants to schools throughout Iowa to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus. Two Clayton Ridge classrooms received funding from the foundation, which designs its grants to help teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students. Grants can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips, and other projects.
What an adventure! We went from seed to seed and looked at everything in between. From the seed that is planted in the ground (the same one we eat!) to the roots, sprout, stalk, leaves, flower… Continue reading
It’s National AmeriCorps Week!
If you’re not familiar with the AmeriCorps organization, what their members do, or why it matters, I would love to spread the word. Knowledge is power, people! Continue reading
Students at Clayton Ridge High School have formed a Food & Fitness group to help improve the health and wellness of their school and the community at large. Members of the small group will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas related to good nutrition, local food systems, and active living, plus processes involved in policy advocacy – and then will communicate their goals and aspirations as they educate fellow students, younger students, school staff, and community members about good nutrition, local food systems, and active living. Continue reading
Like many of the gardens and students that I’ve worked with in my year of service, I too have grown. In fact this year was one of the most influential years in my life. I’ve gained confidence, leadership skills, and a lot of great new recipes. Here with FFI I’ve found my passion for working with school districts and children. I feel as though this year has opened my eyes to goals for my future career. Continue reading
...an excerpt taken from the Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School 2013-2014 Annual Report… Continue reading
Thanks to the Pepperfield Project, David Cavagnaro provided seeds for all school gardens and planting has begun! The past few weeks both Clayton Ridge and MFL MarMac first graders began planting. It was great to finally get our hands dirty and start thinking about spring. At MFL Mar Mac the high school agriculture class helped the first graders plant and gave them a tour of the greenhouse. Besides the sprinklers turning on mid tour it was very successful. Although we all did get a good laugh out of it. Continue reading
Grains grains have been on my brain! This past week first and third graders at Clayton Ridge learned about whole grains and their healthy benefits. We explored different kinds of grains and the difference between whole grains and refined grains. In the third grade we played a fiber relay game. To do so the class was broken into two teams, each team had to do a variety of exercises to one side of the room and back like lunges, knee lifts..etc. Once they got to one side of the room they had to search through a pile of food labels and pick one they believed was a whole grain. Once each team had all their food labels we added up the amount of fiber on each team and the team with the most fiber won! It got them moving, energized, and familiar with the nutrition facts label. Then of course it wouldn’t be a full lesson without trying some whole grains so then we made some popcorn! YUM YUM. Continue reading
At Clayton Ridge second graders learned about parts of plants we eat! We were able to identify all the parts of a plant along with learning the jobs that each part has. Then we learned and listed parts of plants that we eat. Then for the best part, we made a salad along with our own salad dressing. The salad we created had carrots, cauliflower, spinach, celery, sunflower seeds, peppers and much more! For our salad dressing we made a honey mustard vinaigrette, which the kids loved. While making it they were a little skeptical and thought putting honey in dressing was silly. But to their surprise it was delicious. So delicious they were even asking for the recipe to bring home with them. Continue reading