Good Food for Oxford Schools (GFOS) was recently awarded $9,250 by the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County to aid the program in helping students learn and grow in school gardens. The funding for the nonprofit’s 2016-2017 funding cycle will support GFOS’s Growing and Learning School Garden Education Program.
“We are excited that our program will be able to bring more teacher resources and training to the Oxford School District through this opportunity,” said Eleanor Green, GFOS program coordinator.
The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County grant funds will allow the Good Food for Oxford Schools Program to continue to experience growth. Plans for this fall include every school campus hosting a school garden or greenhouse.
The overall goals of the Good Food for Oxford Schools Growing and Learning School Garden Education Program are:
- to facilitate the growth of the Oxford School District school garden program;
- to provide evidence-based teacher training regarding Farm-to-School Curriculum Integration;
- to begin building a teacher resource library; and,
- to continue staffing a FoodCorps Service member in the school district who will provide weekly food and nutrition education, engage students in weekly hands-on activities (such as gardening and cooking), foster skills and pride around healthy food, and assist in cafeteria farm-to-school efforts throughout the school year.
For more information about Good Food for Oxford Schools, visit the program online at www.oxfordsd.org/GFOS or call (662) 234-3541.
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