Salad on a Stick!

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.
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Teens Lead After-School Program

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

Thanksgiving and Cornbread

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