Food Share Table Day 1 Stats

Today we rescued:

  • 39 cartons of milk
  • 1 apple
  • 16 carrot sticks in packages
  • 16 fruit cups
  • 23 Craisins

Way to go everyone!

This is what the Food Share Table looked like half-way through the lunches:

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Food Share Table Presentations!

Thursday of the week before winter break, we had our Food Share Table presentations and we presented to K-1, 2-3 and 5. All presenters did a great job, and our audience was responsive and listened well. We can’t wait to start the Food Share Table!

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Food Share

This morning we had a food share table presentation practice.  We set up the cafeteria and got ready to present. Then we came to the classroom and we practiced our slides in our groups to be ready for tomorrow’s presentation and for Thursday.  We did a little work on the posters and we’re ready to go! Check out our presentation here:

 

Sign up to volunteer for the Food Share Table here: https://tinyurl.com/foodsharetable

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Eagle Crest Featured in the November Green Star School News!

Here we are in the Eco Cycle Green Star Schools News!

 

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Food Share Team — Last Official Meeting

Today we finished creating posters, cafeteria signs, and are still working on our presentation for school assemblies.

Grade-level assemblies will be on Thursday, December 14 and the all-school rollout will be on Tuesday, January 2nd. Thanks to all who have helped!

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Food Share Team Meetings 3 and 4

Our student team has been working hard and accomplishing many goals! Special thanks to our teacher and parent volunteers! Thank you Mrs. Birmingham, Mrs. Gorr, Ms. Hartt, Mrs. Homa, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Freehill, Ms. Phillips, Mrs. Sudbeck and Mrs. Schwirtz!

Check out our work in progress:

Food Share Table Presentation for Assemblies

Food Share School Information

Food Share Community Information

Bin and Cooler Sign Folder

Food Share Signs and Art:

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Food Share Team Meeting #2

We accomplished so much at our Friday morning meeting — data collection and spreadsheet work, communication work, and mascot/slogan work!

Check out our great work:

 

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Food Share Table Team Meeting #1

Yesterday was the first Food Share Table meeting!

What is a food share table? It is a table in the cafeteria where students may place their unopened food and whole fruit. Students during lunch may take food from the table if they are still hungry, and at the end of lunches, the cafeteria will reuse the remaining food on the table.

Why do we need a food share table? Our goals include reducing food waste (did you know that 40% of food in the United States is wasted?) and helping decrease food insecurity (how can we help solve this problem?)

We are thrilled to be asked to pilot this worthwhile program in December for the school district. SVVSD hopes to roll out this program district-wide in January!

Check out more information and resources about the Food Share Table on this blog!

Our brainstorm about the impacts of food waste and solutions to the food waste problem:

 

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Aquaponics unit!!!

What is Aquaponics?  Aquaponics is very interesting! Aquaponics is basically where there are fish and plants grow on top of the fish tank. The fishes’ waste (poop and pee) feeds the plants.  In return, the plants filter the water for the fish so that the nitrates don’t kill the fish.

Check out this amazing presentation about aquaponics in space:  Aquaponics Presentation by Makena and Sophie.

See more of our work here:

To learn more about aquaponics and the nitrogen cycle see this The Nitrogen Cycle video.

And here is more information on aquaponics: Aquaponics Presentation.

Stay tuned for more interesting aquaponics systems!

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Food Waste Reduction Event

Congratulations to Blake, Mai and Zach for a successful presentation of our Green Star Ambassador Program at the K-12 School Food Waste Workshop!

This workshop was presented in collaboration with the Douglas County School District and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8. In attendance at this conference were notable figures including Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Till, and Ms. Brink from the EPAChef Sally from Livewell Colorado, Chef Ann from the Chef Ann FoundationPatrick Bultema of FoodMaven , Michele Melio from Eco Cycle, and Shelly Allen, SVVSD Director of Nutrition & Warehouse Services  to name a few.

Eagle Crest’s role was to explain our Green Star Ambassador Program. Not only did Blake, Mai and Zach create an informative presentation, they did an amazing job speaking to the audience, sharing their enthusiasm for how we compost and recycle efficiently in the cafeteria, and detailing their roles in helping our students and staff develop sustainable habits.

Zach, Blake and Mai participated in a panel discussion and thoughtfully answered questions about how our program works and what inspires them to care about our earth. When Blake was asked what inspired him to compost and recycle, he explained, “Green Star was always around me, so I just wanted to do it.” Mai was asked about whether or not students bring home compost and recycling values. She answered, “I teach my parents what goes in the compost, recycle and trash. I am waiting for my own compost bin!” And Zach described how we sustain our composting and recycling program at Eagle Crest, “We make it fun to compost and recycle at school with contests and games.”

Other subjects discussed at the workshop were the importance of food as a universal experience, the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, practical tips on food waste reduction in schools, and a tour of the composting, kitchen and garden facilities at Rocky Heights Middle School. We learned how to conduct a food waste audit and how to develop a food share table at our school — two ideas we are going to implement! With the knowledge that forty percent of our food ends up in landfills, we need to Feed People Not Landfills, and understand where our food comes from. The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry | Save The Food shows the journey our food takes from the farm, to the table, and to the trash.

Thanks to Katrina Brink and Virginia Till for their guidance, Michele Melio (and everyone) from Eco Cycle for inspiring us to compost and recycle, Mrs. Schwirtz for helping our students prepare, Mr. Ball for supporting our STEM Explorers program, and Blake, Mai and Zach’s parents for providing encouragement and support.

We are all so proud of you, Mai, Blake and Zach!

Check out our Green Star Ambassador Program Presentation Video and photos from the day:

 

 

 

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