HES Farm to School Case Study: Hardwick Elementary is one of five Vermont schools featured in a farm to school case study project just released by the VT Farm to School Network in partnership with VT FEED and UVM Extension. These studies were produced in order to represent and share examples of the many ways Vermont schools are successfully embracing Farm to School integration. Go to the case study website and scroll down to the third study to find HES’s story! (The pictures below are just a snapshot of the first few pages. Click the website link to see the full study!)
OSSU schools are a huge source of support for the Hardwick Area Food Pantry! This holiday season alone, students organized food drives and fundraisers totaling over 1000 pounds of food and $676 dollars in donations. But that’s not all. Student engagement with the pantry over the last year has included gleaning and processing local veggies, a community bread baking challenge, classroom and career cafe presentations with the pantry director, and student volunteers working on data entry, client intake, and stocking. Teachers or students who are interested in connecting with the pantry about possible collaborations or volunteer opportunities are welcome to reach out to director Laura Wilkinson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HES Student Council: A group of fifth grade students has been working to form a student council at HES. Their mission states: “Student Council will provide opportunities to have student voices heard. We will work to help students know that they matter and feel like they belong. We want to make our school feel welcoming and safe for everyone, a school where all people are respected.” At a recent community meeting, the group gave a presentation to share this mission and introduce their first project, a student survey to gather information about what is important to the students at Hardwick Elementary. The council plans to use the survey to determine what issues to work on. Inspiring to see these young people taking on leadership that prioritizes listening!
Career Cafe: Hazen’s weekly “Career Cafe” guest speaker series has continued to create space for students and community members to connect and learn. Over the last few months, students have played an increasing role in shaping the program. At a Career Cafe Student Feedback Forum, many ideas were hatched to add value and increase engagement for students, including new suggestions for guest presenters, a communications plan to reach students more effectively, and leadership roles identified for students within the Career Cafe program. As a result, there are now two student members on the Career Cafe Planning Committee, monthly posters and in-person announcements to classrooms are raising awareness, and several student-identified speakers are on the calendar, including local Representative Chip Troiano and Hazen student entrepreneurs who currently run their own businesses.
Other recent guests include motivational speaker and magician Steve Taubman, Hardwick Area Food Pantry Director Laura Wilkinson, and upcoming presenters include Craftsbury Outdoor Center rowing coach Steve Whelpley, Creek Road Auto owner Joel Hodgdon, and Lynn Delaricheliere from the Hardwick Village Restaurant.
- Feb 6th: VT Farm to School Awareness Day at the Statehouse
- Feb 8th: Agricultural Career Day at UVM (Free registration due by Jan 25th)
Do you know of students who would like to attend? Support is available! Please reach out to email@example.com for more information.