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Naugatuck Public Schools

Naugatuck Public Schools is a K-12 District of about 5,000 students, with 1 high school (9-12), 1 middle school (7-8), 2 intermediate schools (5-6), and 5 elementary schools (K-4). The mission of Naugatuck Public Schools is to empower a community of learners who are responsible and engaged community members; demonstrate initiative, persistence, and adaptability; are curious and value risk-taking as part of the learning process; access and analyze information and formulate opinions; communicate effectively; and work individually and on teams to solve real world problems.

The FoodCorps program is overseen collaboratively by the food services department (run by Sodexo Food Service Management Company), as well as specific school principals, with advising and support provided by the equity, diversity, and inclusion department, and the curriculum department. The City of Naugatuck is a relatively small city of 32,000 residents and a median income of $55,793, nearly $12,000 less than the state’s median income. It sits along Route 8 below the large city of Waterbury.

There will be two service members in Naugatuck, one working with one elementary school (K-4), and one working within the only middle school (7 & 8) in the district. Both members will partner with teachers at their respective schools to implement food and gardening lessons. The members will also implement FoodCorps’ based after-school program, Sprout Scouts to students so they have a way to engage in healthy eating outside of the regular school day. The service member will also spend their time working on cafeteria initiatives, such as planning and implementing monthly taste-tests in the cafeteria of new recipe ideas that feature local produce, gathering feedback about culturally appropriate menu items, and overall promoting healthy options that are being served.

FoodCorps service members at this site are part of a Connecticut cohort that includes 18 members in 8 communities across the state. Connecticut is one of FoodCorps’ largest group of corps members, and with the small geography of the state, members can frequently collaborate in person. These service members are creating powerful relationships with the wide variety of organizations and individuals that make up the networks addressing food systems change across the state and region. Serving in Connecticut means you are part of a close-knit FoodCorps team, enjoy ample opportunity for a wide range of professional development, and have the chance to make a huge impact in the state with the second-highest income disparity in the nation. The FoodCorps CT cohort is part of a much larger network of organizations and agencies dedicated to farm-to-school work, including, but not limited to: the University of Connecticut, CT State Department of Education, CT Department of Agriculture, CT Department of Public Health, Common Ground, CT Farm to School Collaborative, Keney Park Sustainability Project, Brigaid, New England Dairy, and New Britain ROOTS.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with kids
  • Before and after school availability
  • Gardening and cooking interest or knowledge
  • Car Required

Naugatuck Public Schools is a K-12 District of about 5,000 students, with 1 high school (9-12), 1 middle school (7-8), 2 intermediate schools (5-6), and 5 elementary schools (K-4). The mission of Naugatuck Public Schools is to empower a community of learners who are responsible and engaged community members; demonstrate initiative, persistence, and adaptability; are curious and value risk-taking as part of the learning process; access and analyze information and formulate opinions; communicate effectively; and work individually and on teams to solve real world problems.

The FoodCorps program is overseen collaboratively by the food services department (run by Sodexo Food Service Management Company), as well as specific school principals, with advising and support provided by the equity, diversity, and inclusion department, and the curriculum department. The City of Naugatuck is a relatively small city of 32,000 residents and a median income of $55,793, nearly $12,000 less than the state’s median income. It sits along Route 8 below the large city of Waterbury.

There will be two service members in Naugatuck, one working with one elementary school (K-4), and one working within the only middle school (7 & 8) in the district. Both members will partner with teachers at their respective schools to implement food and gardening lessons. The members will also implement FoodCorps’ based after-school program, Sprout Scouts to students so they have a way to engage in healthy eating outside of the regular school day. The service member will also spend their time working on cafeteria initiatives, such as planning and implementing monthly taste-tests in the cafeteria of new recipe ideas that feature local produce, gathering feedback about culturally appropriate menu items, and overall promoting healthy options that are being served.

FoodCorps service members at this site are part of a Connecticut cohort that includes 18 members in 8 communities across the state. Connecticut is one of FoodCorps’ largest group of corps members, and with the small geography of the state, members can frequently collaborate in person. These service members are creating powerful relationships with the wide variety of organizations and individuals that make up the networks addressing food systems change across the state and region. Serving in Connecticut means you are part of a close-knit FoodCorps team, enjoy ample opportunity for a wide range of professional development, and have the chance to make a huge impact in the state with the second-highest income disparity in the nation. The FoodCorps CT cohort is part of a much larger network of organizations and agencies dedicated to farm-to-school work, including, but not limited to: the University of Connecticut, CT State Department of Education, CT Department of Agriculture, CT Department of Public Health, Common Ground, CT Farm to School Collaborative, Keney Park Sustainability Project, Brigaid, New England Dairy, and New Britain ROOTS.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with kids
  • Before and after school availability
  • Gardening and cooking interest or knowledge
  • Car Required