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Stratton School

Eustis-Stratton is a rural community surrounded by unorganized territories. The community is very supportive and proud of their independent pre-k-8 grade school, Eustis-Stratton is a four-season outdoor paradise. The school reflects this philosophy with experimental and outdoor classrooms and curricula. At the school, we have six experimental/sensory beds out front, primarily used by the elementary grades, nine organic raised beds directly linked to the school food program and the local food pantry, along with a brand new 22 foot growing dome. In addition, there is a composting program in the middle school supported by worm bins in the elementary grades.

The service member would work one-on-one with all of the teachers, grades K-8, to join the garden and the classroom together, bringing in concepts and skills most relevant to each classroom by aligning lessons to Maine Common Core and Next Gen Science standards. Additionally, the service member would work with classroom teachers to invite students into the care and maintenance of the gardens to foster a strong sense of stewardship amongst the students. In the cafeteria, the service member would coordinate garden harvest with the school nutrition staff. The service member would gather feedback from the students about the meals by talking to them during lunch and conducting surveys. Lastly, the service member would play a broader role in the community support of the garden by attending Garden Committee meetings and building a relationship with the local food pantry.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understand seasonal changes
  • Adaptability to a northern climate and rural living
  • Working knowledge of gardening and healthy food lifestyles, along with good interpersonal skills (including technology)
  • Once their role has been clarified, the ability to work intuitively independently, and the initiative to ask questions and seek answers
  • They should enjoy working with children and young adults ages 4 -14
  • Appreciating the outdoors and recreation is part of the culture in the Western Mountains of Maine, and there are thousands of acres to explore

Eustis-Stratton is a rural community surrounded by unorganized territories. The community is very supportive and proud of their independent pre-k-8 grade school, Eustis-Stratton is a four-season outdoor paradise. The school reflects this philosophy with experimental and outdoor classrooms and curricula. At the school, we have six experimental/sensory beds out front, primarily used by the elementary grades, nine organic raised beds directly linked to the school food program and the local food pantry, along with a brand new 22 foot growing dome. In addition, there is a composting program in the middle school supported by worm bins in the elementary grades.

The service member would work one-on-one with all of the teachers, grades K-8, to join the garden and the classroom together, bringing in concepts and skills most relevant to each classroom by aligning lessons to Maine Common Core and Next Gen Science standards. Additionally, the service member would work with classroom teachers to invite students into the care and maintenance of the gardens to foster a strong sense of stewardship amongst the students. In the cafeteria, the service member would coordinate garden harvest with the school nutrition staff. The service member would gather feedback from the students about the meals by talking to them during lunch and conducting surveys. Lastly, the service member would play a broader role in the community support of the garden by attending Garden Committee meetings and building a relationship with the local food pantry.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understand seasonal changes
  • Adaptability to a northern climate and rural living
  • Working knowledge of gardening and healthy food lifestyles, along with good interpersonal skills (including technology)
  • Once their role has been clarified, the ability to work intuitively independently, and the initiative to ask questions and seek answers
  • They should enjoy working with children and young adults ages 4 -14
  • Appreciating the outdoors and recreation is part of the culture in the Western Mountains of Maine, and there are thousands of acres to explore