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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:19
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) announced today that they are one of 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Program (F2S), an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers. PUSD received a $44,486.00 planning grant to impact 18,965 students at 31 sites.
"In rural and urban communities across the country, farm to school is teaching students where food comes from and how it gets to their plate, and encouraging them to make healthier food choices in the cafeteria and at home," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Farm to school programs are an investment in the health of our nation's children and in the vibrancy of rural economies."
USDA Farm to School grants help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers and distributors. Grants will also be used to support agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms and cooking classes.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:12
Three Important Criteria to Look for in Evaluating Dining . . . This is a Busy Time of Year for Aspiring College Students.
Those who met early application deadlines in November now face filling out the hefty Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. And students who didn't apply early should be working hard on applications to meet regular deadlines, usually in January.
"There's a lot to get done and one of the most important things to remember is to know your deadlines and meet them," advises David Porter, a consultant to colleges and universities throughout North America and author of "The Porter Principles," a guide to college success through social engineering, (www.porterkhouwconsulting.com).
As students and their families visit college campuses, Porter says they should pay attention to the classroom outside of the classroom and the details of campus life: What are the wholesome opportunities for socially rich student engagement and study on-campus? What extra-curriculars are offered and how accessible are they? What does the college paper reveal about campus issues, concerns and opportunities?
One often overlooked feature is the structure of campus dining, Porter says.
"Many universities require freshmen to live on campus for the first year because administrators know that students who live and dine on campus have higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than those who don't. A properly socially engineered dining/learning commons is central to the day-to-day lives of all students living on-campus and is crucial for face-to-face social networking and study with fellow students," he says.
"But these same universities often fail to realize that student dining is as much – even more -- a factor in developing a sense of community and predicting future success. This is the centerpiece of 'the classroom outside of the classroom'."
He offers these suggestions for evaluating campus dining commons:
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