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Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center

Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (OSU KBREC) is part of the Extension Service that serves in all 36 counties in the state. We engage the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources and promote healthy families and communities. We value community partnerships, measurable outcomes and respect diversity. We deliver relevant education programs and are responsive to community needs. In Klamath County, our program areas include: 4-H Youth Development, Family and Community Health/Nutrition, SNAP Education, Horticulture and Master Gardeners, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources. Patty Case directs the Family and Community Health (FCH) program at OSU KBREC, under which this program would reside. FCH helps individuals, families and communities improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities and facilitates the development of system and environmental supports to sustain these opportunities. The FCH program is affiliated with OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. FoodCorps aligns with our longstanding mission to partner with schools through our SNAP-Ed, Farm to School and school wellness initiatives so that youth and their families have greater access to, and education of, healthy choices.

At both Shasta and Henley Elementary Schools, service members would be:

  • Adapt web-based curriculum for 3rd grade into hybrid delivery, evaluate and enhance the curriculum
  • deliver 10 hours of education aligned with OSU KBREC’s farm to school objectives to a minimum of 80 students.
  • Identify and pilot creative delivery methods for extended/hands on learning based on school needs assessment.
  • In cafeteria provide education on how and where food sources come from by providing ‘mini’ education events, visuals, tastings and will also coordinate larger events ie. Host a farmer during featured food months.
  • Partner with district Food Service director to develop and administer a shared protocol for introducing new menu items that include student input.
  • Coordinate hands on classroom activities including egg hatching, growing greens, ag art contest, ag literacy day
  • Link with community resources such as farms or school based food production in close proximity to the school.to provide experiential activities such as farm tours.
  • Develop opportunities for “student voice and choice” through student leadership that align with the schools and OSU’s farm to school objectives.
  • Work with food service staff to host cafeteria promotional events such as farmer visits, growing towers, and other as identified by food service staff

At Shasta Elementary specifically:

  • Work with school staff and parents on school garden club
  • Partner with the school wellness team and student leadership to creatively communicate wellness messages to students and their families.

At Henley Elementary specifically:

  • Work with school staff to pilot school garden activities such as garden club at recess, lunch or library time
  • Coordinate with FFA at HS to provide ag education/promotion, ag field day and other opportunities for experiential activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in connecting with youth and families
  • Experience or interest in school food service operations/menu development
  • Creative and flexible
  • Demonstrates initiative and can work independently
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to adapt to different environments and audiences
  • Willing to work as part of a team both on and off site

Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (OSU KBREC) is part of the Extension Service that serves in all 36 counties in the state. We engage the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources and promote healthy families and communities. We value community partnerships, measurable outcomes and respect diversity. We deliver relevant education programs and are responsive to community needs. In Klamath County, our program areas include: 4-H Youth Development, Family and Community Health/Nutrition, SNAP Education, Horticulture and Master Gardeners, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources. Patty Case directs the Family and Community Health (FCH) program at OSU KBREC, under which this program would reside. FCH helps individuals, families and communities improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities and facilitates the development of system and environmental supports to sustain these opportunities. The FCH program is affiliated with OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. FoodCorps aligns with our longstanding mission to partner with schools through our SNAP-Ed, Farm to School and school wellness initiatives so that youth and their families have greater access to, and education of, healthy choices.

At both Shasta and Henley Elementary Schools, service members would be:

  • Adapt web-based curriculum for 3rd grade into hybrid delivery, evaluate and enhance the curriculum
  • deliver 10 hours of education aligned with OSU KBREC’s farm to school objectives to a minimum of 80 students.
  • Identify and pilot creative delivery methods for extended/hands on learning based on school needs assessment.
  • In cafeteria provide education on how and where food sources come from by providing ‘mini’ education events, visuals, tastings and will also coordinate larger events ie. Host a farmer during featured food months.
  • Partner with district Food Service director to develop and administer a shared protocol for introducing new menu items that include student input.
  • Coordinate hands on classroom activities including egg hatching, growing greens, ag art contest, ag literacy day
  • Link with community resources such as farms or school based food production in close proximity to the school.to provide experiential activities such as farm tours.
  • Develop opportunities for “student voice and choice” through student leadership that align with the schools and OSU’s farm to school objectives.
  • Work with food service staff to host cafeteria promotional events such as farmer visits, growing towers, and other as identified by food service staff

At Shasta Elementary specifically:

  • Work with school staff and parents on school garden club
  • Partner with the school wellness team and student leadership to creatively communicate wellness messages to students and their families.

At Henley Elementary specifically:

  • Work with school staff to pilot school garden activities such as garden club at recess, lunch or library time
  • Coordinate with FFA at HS to provide ag education/promotion, ag field day and other opportunities for experiential activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in connecting with youth and families
  • Experience or interest in school food service operations/menu development
  • Creative and flexible
  • Demonstrates initiative and can work independently
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to adapt to different environments and audiences
  • Willing to work as part of a team both on and off site