November Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

Mason City CSD School Nutrition Staff participating in Halloween Fun!

School Nutrition Staff
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Healthiest State Annual Awards

Deadline: November 5th at 5pm (tomorrow)

Submissions are for K-12 school buildings (not district level). Applicants must demonstrate how the school has made policy, systems and environment changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice for their students and staff. Additionally, all applicants must also be a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Registered Site.

Finalists will be announced in early 2020 and the winners will be recognized at the Healthiest State Annual Awards on Feb. 7. Each winner will be awarded a monetary prize to continue their health and wellness efforts. Learn more and apply today!

FFA Growing Together Initiative

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is offering five schools an exciting opportunity! Through this initiative, school food service and the FFA Chapter will work together to integrate three or more FFA-grown products into the school nutrition program. Funds will be paid to the school and will include the opportunity for student(s) and the ag instructor managing the project to be paid for their work through the summer, credit for garden supplies, and supplies for food service. Additional Information and Application. Deadline to apply: December 2nd, 2019. Questions? Contact Tammy Stotts at

Southeast Polk CSD - Best School Recycling Award!

SEP Award

Each year the Iowa Recycling Association accepts applications for their Recycling Excellence Awards that honor the industry's best who advance sustainable materials management in Iowa. Southeast Polk CSD has demonstrated their commitment to improving and enhancing our natural resources through waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, sustainable farming, and hands-on environmental learning. For more information, contact Amy A'Hearn at

Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

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The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning connects students and employers through shared projects that give students professional experience. This can include virtual projects, internships, and apprenticeships. Check out the latest newsletter! There is great information to get you started with a hands-on project for your classroom that will make learning more relevant to your students. For more information contact Jake Welchans at

Interested in a wellness related project for your students? Check out the Creating a Health Messages listing on the Project Board.

USDA Farm to School Grant Opportunity

USDA Farm to School

USDA seeks to award up to $10 million to schools, nonprofits, state and local agencies, etc. to plan and implement farm to school activities.

Planning Grants: focus on goals and activities that lay a solid foundation for launching farm to school work. 12 months: $20,000 - $50,000.

Implementation Grants: increase the amount of local food in schools by scaling up or further developing existing farm to school initiatives. 12 or 24 months: $50,000 - $100,000.

For more information visit the USDA Farm to School Grant.

Previous Iowa Farm to School Grantees: Central Decatur CSD, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD, Waukee CSD, West Fork CSD, and Atlantic CSD.

Mileage Club at Knoxville CSD

Mileage Club

Northstar Elementary School started a Mileage Club last spring as a way to get kids moving a recess and encourage a lifelong love of running and walking. Since the Mileage Club’s implementation, not only are students more active and engaged in many other games and activities at recess, but typical playground altercations are reduced, as an easily supervised, organized activity replaces arguments, hurt feelings, and playground accidents. Learn more in the Iowa Department of Education's Headline Article. For more information contact Principal Keitges at

Ag Every Day resource

Agriculture Every Day Resource

Agriculture Every Day is aimed at teaching youth in grades 4-12 about the importance of agriculture. All lessons follow the 4-H Experiential Learning Model and include hands-on, fun and engaging activities. Each short (20-30 min) stand-alone lesson is on a different agricultural science topic. Six of the lessons focus on animal science and six focus on crop science.
FREE PDF Download at ISU Extension Store

Iowa School Highlights!

November Feature