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brandi-schoolHello again! My name is Brandi Crozier and I am an AmeriCorp Member for the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative serving in the MFL MarMac CSD as the Resource Contact.  This will be my second year of service.  Going into this school year, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the goals and priorities of my district, as well as the resources available to serve them. Continue reading

MFL MarMac continues support of FFI

MFL MarMac will continue support of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative next year. Through the program, which serves Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties, representatives work with school districts’ wellness committees, teachers, food service and administrators to improve each school’s food, fitness and wellness policies. Continue reading

Summer in Winter

The school garden beds in Oelwein are blanketed in snow and ice, and the sub-zero temperatures today seem so distant from the heat and humidity of the Northeast Iowa summer.  I have been filling up on roots: turnips, carrots, and potatoes.  Storage crops grown by local farmers this past season are keeping me nourished and warm during this season of sleep.  I am so lucky to have access to healthy, local food.  I am so privileged to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Continue reading

High school art students make recess more fun for kids

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor, 12/8/15.

 

Recess got a little more inventive for MFL MarMac elementary students this fall, as the blacktop in their playground area transformed into a colorful network of games and activities, thanks to two high school art classes.

 

Art teacher Michelle Meyer said elementary teacher Heidi Meyer approached her with the idea earlier in the school year. Throughout October, the high school students in Meyer’s drawing and painting classes made the idea a reality, taking class time to paint around half a dozen activities.

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Taste of Wellness at MFL MarMac

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor, 10/27/15

 

October is National Farm to School Month, a celebration of the growing connection between students and healthy, locally-grown food. MFL MarMac is one of over 40,000 schools across the country to participate in the program, with kids sampling and learning about several new foods throughout the month.

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