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Cedarville Elementary
Lacey Fletcher, along with other Cedarville Service Members of the past and present enjoy a day in the school garden.

Cedarville Elementary

Cedarville believes students deserve equal access to resources, the most important and basic being food. Staff work hard to make sure all students are fueled and nourished as they enter their learning zones through: after school programs, free breakfast, grab n go breakfast, food share tables, free summer meals programs, snack packs, holiday meals on wheels, and fruits and vegetables in the classroom. FoodCorps Service Members help to enhance the programs that Cedarville has implemented by providing hands-on curriculum-aligned lessons that connect children to healthy habits and to what they are learning in the traditional classrooms.  Members also create a positive cafeteria environment by encouraging our students to make healthy choices.

Cedarville is a rural town located in the Arkansas River Valley with a population of about 1,300 people. It is a quick drive to both Fort Smith and Van Buren, so members get to enjoy the quiet rural life and the perks of living near a city. The Cedarville community is tight-knit; parents and community members are strong supporters of the school garden program! This means that farmers, food preservationists, and other local leaders are always willing to come share with the students. Arkansas is deemed ‘The Natural State’, and that love of nature is so evident in the excitement we see for school garden programs! The FoodCorps service member at Cedarville site are part of an Arkansas cohort that includes 11 service members across 4 communities. Our team is run by two FoodCorps Arkansas alumni who work hard to ensure members are confident in bringing their schools’ wellness visions to life. We are a small team that isn’t afraid to get our hands dirty for our communities!

Our FoodCorps Service Member serves Cedarville Elementary School. We envision them connecting to the three areas of service in the following ways: Hands-On Learning- Our member spends at least ten hours working with each classroom throughout their term to provide hands-on curriculum-aligned lessons that help to connect children to healthy habits and to what they are learning in the traditional classrooms. Healthy School Meals- Our member helps to pilot and promote new recipes or recipe improvements within our breakfast and lunch program. They help to revamp and promote our salad bar. They create a positive cafeteria environment by encouraging our students to make healthy choices. They offer healthy alternatives to classroom snacks during holiday parties. School-Wide Culture of Health- Our member participates in our after-school program once a week leading a Sprout Scouts club. They work with our summer program participants (around 85 students from our school) to offer fun, healthy, engaging activities throughout the summer.

Preferred Qualifications

Our service member would need to have experience in:

  • Garden experience
  • Formal or informal experience working with kids
  • A positive and dependable attitude in the workplace
  • Able to serve 39 hours per week during school hours

Cedarville believes students deserve equal access to resources, the most important and basic being food. Staff work hard to make sure all students are fueled and nourished as they enter their learning zones through: after school programs, free breakfast, grab n go breakfast, food share tables, free summer meals programs, snack packs, holiday meals on wheels, and fruits and vegetables in the classroom. FoodCorps Service Members help to enhance the programs that Cedarville has implemented by providing hands-on curriculum-aligned lessons that connect children to healthy habits and to what they are learning in the traditional classrooms.  Members also create a positive cafeteria environment by encouraging our students to make healthy choices.

Cedarville is a rural town located in the Arkansas River Valley with a population of about 1,300 people. It is a quick drive to both Fort Smith and Van Buren, so members get to enjoy the quiet rural life and the perks of living near a city. The Cedarville community is tight-knit; parents and community members are strong supporters of the school garden program! This means that farmers, food preservationists, and other local leaders are always willing to come share with the students. Arkansas is deemed ‘The Natural State’, and that love of nature is so evident in the excitement we see for school garden programs! The FoodCorps service member at Cedarville site are part of an Arkansas cohort that includes 11 service members across 4 communities. Our team is run by two FoodCorps Arkansas alumni who work hard to ensure members are confident in bringing their schools’ wellness visions to life. We are a small team that isn’t afraid to get our hands dirty for our communities!

Our FoodCorps Service Member serves Cedarville Elementary School. We envision them connecting to the three areas of service in the following ways: Hands-On Learning- Our member spends at least ten hours working with each classroom throughout their term to provide hands-on curriculum-aligned lessons that help to connect children to healthy habits and to what they are learning in the traditional classrooms. Healthy School Meals- Our member helps to pilot and promote new recipes or recipe improvements within our breakfast and lunch program. They help to revamp and promote our salad bar. They create a positive cafeteria environment by encouraging our students to make healthy choices. They offer healthy alternatives to classroom snacks during holiday parties. School-Wide Culture of Health- Our member participates in our after-school program once a week leading a Sprout Scouts club. They work with our summer program participants (around 85 students from our school) to offer fun, healthy, engaging activities throughout the summer.

Preferred Qualifications

Our service member would need to have experience in:

  • Garden experience
  • Formal or informal experience working with kids
  • A positive and dependable attitude in the workplace
  • Able to serve 39 hours per week during school hours