Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools School Nutrition Services Department recently joined forces with Virginia Cooperative Extension of Loudoun County, Giant Food and Virginia Family Nutrition to offer a full-day workshop for teachers on various school nutrition initiatives.
The purpose of the workshop was to help secondary classroom teachers identify ways in which general nutrition, food science, plant science and farm-to-school projects could be integrated into project-based learning activities in classrooms. Nineteen middle school and high school teachers attended the workshop, which was funded by a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant received by School Nutrition Services.
The teachers took part in hands-on learning activities, including cooking and food preparation demonstrations and soil lab experiments. The teachers also made community connections to agencies that may serve as important partners as students seek to solve challenging, real world problems.
The teachers also took back to their schools some valuable resources for instructional activities. All teachers received a hydroponic garden tower from the Loudoun County Health Department and complete sets of a 4-H curriculum. School Nutrition Services will provide a composting tumbler or raised garden bed to eight of the participating schools.
The new lessons and partnerships already seem to be taking root. Renae Sterling, marketing teacher and DECA adviser at Briar Woods High School, is already looking forward to having her advanced marketing students partner with School Nutrition Services on promotions for the upcoming school year.