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Van Buren School District
Previous Van Buren Service Member, Tiffany Knight, displays radishes from the school garden with two of her students.

Van Buren School District

Van Buren School District will serve the community by providing a learning environment that enables students to attain their full potential and that promotes lifelong learning. FoodCorps Service Members support this mission by helping maintain established school gardens, promoting fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria, and leading garden and cooking classes in 2 Elementary schools each. They partner with local organizations, local farmers, and parents to bring Farm to School to life and to create lasting change. Other the years, these schools have been named: Best Start Up School Garden, Best Overall School Garden, Best Nutrition Education Garden, and Best Community Engagement School Garden in the state of Arkansas. You may even spot a few school chicken coops in these vibrant outdoor classrooms!

Located in the beautiful River Valley, Van Buren has a population of 24,000 and neighbors Fort Smith, the 2nd largest city in Arkansas. The Main Street Historic Downtown offers many attractions including antique stores, the Old Frisco Train Depot and cozy bookshops. The area also offers a variety of environments from the rural countryside to the more urban city life. Van Buren is a smaller district, but they are making huge waves as they establish one of the first ever school aquaponics growing facilities in our state! Talk about a commitment to food access! Arkansas is deemed “The Natural State”, and that love of nature is so evident in the excitement we see for school garden programs! FoodCorps service members at the Van Buren sites 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 service activity goals are to teach students how to develop a garden, maintain a garden and grow nourishing foods in the garden. Also, our service members teach students about nutritional choices and preparing nourishing foods. Our service members help enthusiastically communicate the benefits of healthy lifestyles to students, parents and community members.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Has a passion to serve children
  • Good communication skills
  • Organized
  • Loves to work with others
  • Loves to work in the gardens

Van Buren School District will serve the community by providing a learning environment that enables students to attain their full potential and that promotes lifelong learning. FoodCorps Service Members support this mission by helping maintain established school gardens, promoting fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria, and leading garden and cooking classes in 2 Elementary schools each. They partner with local organizations, local farmers, and parents to bring Farm to School to life and to create lasting change. Other the years, these schools have been named: Best Start Up School Garden, Best Overall School Garden, Best Nutrition Education Garden, and Best Community Engagement School Garden in the state of Arkansas. You may even spot a few school chicken coops in these vibrant outdoor classrooms!

Located in the beautiful River Valley, Van Buren has a population of 24,000 and neighbors Fort Smith, the 2nd largest city in Arkansas. The Main Street Historic Downtown offers many attractions including antique stores, the Old Frisco Train Depot and cozy bookshops. The area also offers a variety of environments from the rural countryside to the more urban city life. Van Buren is a smaller district, but they are making huge waves as they establish one of the first ever school aquaponics growing facilities in our state! Talk about a commitment to food access! Arkansas is deemed “The Natural State”, and that love of nature is so evident in the excitement we see for school garden programs! FoodCorps service members at the Van Buren sites 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 service activity goals are to teach students how to develop a garden, maintain a garden and grow nourishing foods in the garden. Also, our service members teach students about nutritional choices and preparing nourishing foods. Our service members help enthusiastically communicate the benefits of healthy lifestyles to students, parents and community members.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Has a passion to serve children
  • Good communication skills
  • Organized
  • Loves to work with others
  • Loves to work in the gardens