Young energy is contagious! I have spent the last month refining my classroom curriculum and working with schools in Bend, Oregon on food and bike issues. I am concurrently amazed by the students’ creativity and insight while also becoming increasingly inspired by their enthusiasm to get involved in creating change in our community.
Here I am sharing the Tour route with a group of 6th graders at REALMS in Bend, Oregon:
Last week we went through the process of creating ‘Action Plans’ around any food issue that the students felt was important. Projects included original songs promoting fair trade, websites with healthy eating tips, flyers raising awareness about poverty, a local food rally and presentations to elementary school classes. You can find my action plan lesson outline for the REALMS 6th graders here.
Below is a group of students preparing for their ‘Eat Local’ rally:
I can’t wait to share the Tour curriculum with classrooms across the country. We are going to have SO MUCH FUN!!
The Healthy Schools Campaign has a great student photo & essay contest underway. The “Through Your Lens” national contest is “designed to showcase the mostly unseen reality of our nation’s school building conditions.” Students – get involved! Visit the Healthy Schools website for more information.
A Tour community makes the news! HUGE props to Houghton, Michigan for its recent passage of a Complete Streets Ordinance. This new health statute is an exciting step forward for an unpretentious little community in the almost entirely rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Houghton also happens to be my hometown (Go Gremlins!) and still holds a dear piece of my heart. I have watched cycling bring this quaint midwest college burg alive over the past 15 years. Thanks to the diligent efforts of a handful of bike-minded (hah!) individuals, Houghton has been designated as a ‘Bike-Friendly City’ by the American League of Cyclists and is also host to many popular mountain biking events during the summer. I am so proud of my hometown and my dear friends who have led the healthy living charge there through their passion for promoting cycling. The School Food Tour can’t wait to complete the ride in Houghton!
On a side note, I am still totally in love with DoSomething – an organization dedicated to involving teens in changing their communities. They’re offering Be Amazing Grants of $2,000 for young applicants who are “inspiring people to act big”.
The School Food Tour enjoyed a week of snowy respite from blogging. Pictured above is a sparkling day on the ski trails of Central Oregon. Now – It’s GO TIME!
This week: Back to school…
I’ll be spending some time in middle and high school classrooms examining the most effective lesson flow and classroom management strategies for the SFT curriculum. Also: Camera Shopping! What do YOU shoot with?
READERS: What do YOU shoot with? I would love your suggestions.
Cheers to 2011! -Sara
Do Something’s Healthy Schools Campaign is a great opportunity for students to get involved in a Healthy Living project. The topic can vary – healthier school food, adding dance to your gym class options or getting rid of soda… Inspiration and creativity will be rewarded: they’re offering incentives such as a school-wide party and $1,000 for college. Kids – GET ON IT!