To celebrate a successful semester of the West Central after school local foods club, the club’s 15 students gathered in the school kitchen to cook dinner for their parents. Continue reading
The theme of the West Central after school local foods cooking club for May was local vegetables. On Tuesday, students in grades 4-6 learned how to make healthy after school snacks that featured vegetables. Using Fuel Up to Play 60 funds, I bought special knives, peelers and choppers that were “kid-friendly” from a kitchen store in Decorah.
The theme for this month’s after school local foods cooking club at West Central was low-fat dairy. K-6 students worked with Carolee Rapson, a local dairy farmer from Country View Dairy in Hawkeye, Iowa, to make homemade low-fat vanilla yogurt.
The theme of the West Central After School Local Foods Club for March was whole grains. I planned three different activities for the girls in grades 4-6. First, we made whole wheat vegetable muffins. Michele Kelly and I brought in a local baker from Oelwein (a town about 10 miles away).
On Wednesday, March 7th students at Starmont’s After-School Club asked the question, “Why can’t we grow pineapples in Iowa?” To answer that question, and also to prepare students for the planting of a new school garden, Resource Contact Elizabeth Makarewicz visited these inquisitors. Continue reading
Using Fuel Up to Play 60 funds, I started an after school local foods cooking club at West Central in Maynard for students in grades K-6. Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator for ISU Extension, is helping with the program in order to recruit students to 4-H. Continue reading
Guest Post by Liz Hovden, 4-H Youth Team Member, Decorah
What started as a distant dream of an active school district has now blossomed into a lively afterschool program. Four Decorah High School seniors, Abby Meirick, Liz Hovden, Bre Pierce, and Rachel Haindfield, created the idea of a weekly wellness driven program for students kindergarten through fourth grade. This program was made possible with the money earned from the “That was Easy Fun Run” the girls held on November 5, 2011. Continue reading
Starmont’s after school program has recently teamed up with Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to provide an education and interactive lesson and taste test to its K-6 students on local foods. Every other week the FFI Resource Contact, Elizabeth Makarewicz, visits Starmont to sample a locally sourced snack and teach a short lesson to after-schoolers. Continue reading