Hello 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 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
Chicken, quinoa, onion, garlic and gouda cheese. An interesting combination for a food dish, albeit a surprisingly tasty one. It was one of several dishes created by MFL MarMac’s youth wellness team, HYPE, for its first FEEST dinner last week.
Monona’s Gateway Park will be one of the sites for MFL MarMac’s Summer Feeding Program beginning May 31. Continue reading
February held an amazing experience for three students that were able to make the trip to Washington, DC for the 4-H Healthy Living Summit with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 4 Youth and Nutrition Coordinator Laura Liechty.
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
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.
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.
The McGregor school gardens were created in the spring of 2014 with grants from the Clayton County Foundation for the Future and Hy-Vee. Many students, staff and volunteers pitched in to help make the gardens what they are today. Continue reading
The MFL MarMac School Board agreed at its monthly meeting on June 8 to contribute $20,000 of local option sales tax funds toward phase I of McGregor’s Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project through a 28E agreement, which would allow the school to use the park for activities and practices. Continue reading