Why I Serve in My Home State

When I graduated high school, I was determined to leave my hometown of Kalispell, Montana. I believed that staying would mean failing at life. I managed to move two hours away to attend the University of Montana, and after graduating, I hit the road. I spent the next...

Learning To Love Beets

I’ll admit it: I was nervous about serving beets to hundreds of students this month. The question “How do I get 5 year olds to like eating beets?” loomed over me during my planning process. While searching for beet recipes, I found that beets were treated like the...

Growing in January

At the Center for Restorative Youth Justice in Kalispell, I spend a lot of time building community, cooking delicious food, playing games and gardening with youth. Despite the foot of snow covering all of our school gardens this January, we were able to begin getting...

Mentorship and Healthy Eating

“Can we get pictures with the football players!?” This was the question asked by my first grade students when they found out the Butte High School football players would be joining them for lunch. Over the past few months Butte High School student-athletes...

Can you guess what’s growing?

I passed out slips of paper with images of a plant growing at various stages of its life cycle. At the top of the sheet, it read, “Can you guess what’s growing in these pictures? They are all pictures of the same type of plant!” The Fourth Graders murmured in their...

FoodCorps from a Principal’s Perspective

Not many principals have experienced their schools from the perspective of a student. But Maria Pace, Boulder Elementary & Middle’s Principal-Superintendent, grew up attending Boulder Elementary and Middle School. Now an administrator, she devotes herself to...

Polson Harvest Dinner Celebration

Last week, Polson Middle School hosted their second annual Harvest Dinner to celebrate the students who tended the garden this year and to enjoy the delicious food that they grew. Over 120 community members, administrators, students, parents, teachers, and local...