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August 20, 2012

10 Teachers Awarded Grants for Innovative Food System Projects

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) announced today the recipients of its Teaching the Food System Grants for Educators program awards. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to 10 Maryland high school teachers to enable them conduct special innovative education activities and become early adopters of CLF’s newly developed Teaching the Food System curriculum. The curriculum, developed by experienced educators and content experts, emphasizes the relationships among food, public health, diet, and the environment. The curriculum is an online resource that is available at no cost to all educators interested in teaching about the food system. 

Grants awarded by the Center will help facilitate the integration of Teaching the Food System’s 11 educational modules, which span multiple subjects, including environmental science, biology and social studies, into Maryland classrooms. The funding will enable teachers to implement innovative activities that build upon the existing Teaching the Food System curriculum and provide students greater opportunity to apply what they learn. Activities supported by the Teaching the Food System Grants for Educators program may include field trips and school projects integrated into the curriculum such as food canning enterprises or field trips to local farms. All grant awardees will introduce and evaluate three or more modules of the curriculum over the course of the 2012–2013 school year.

“We are pleased to award 10 schools from around the state with grants to help them implement innovative food system education activities as well as become early adopters of Teaching the Food System, and we look forward to following their unique projects in the field,” said Center for a Livable Future Director, Robert S. Lawrence, MD. “The curriculum is the product of a multi-year collaboration, so knowing that these modules will be in a diverse mix of public school classrooms this fall is thrilling.”

Grant awardees, schools, counties and projects include:

Ruth Chamelin, Westminster High School, Carroll County: Former dairy farmer turned teacher, Ms. Chamelin will take an agricultural focus on the curriculum by constructing a goat shed with her Animal Care/Vet Science class.

Bonita Curtis, Fairmont Heights High School, Prince George’s County: Project will include field trips to a farm and meat packing plant, as well as creating a garden and teen cookbook.

Colin Dean, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City: Project will include trip to Great Kids Farm, implementation of students’ proposed health policy changes and building a raised garden bed.

Alexis Jong, Long Reach High School, Howard County: Project will include vermicomposting to turn cafeteria food waste into high quality compost.

Stephanie Joyner, Glen Burnie High School, Anne Arundel County: Project will include renovating a greenhouse to allow students to grow organic produce from seed.

Andrew Matschiner, Woodlawn High School, Baltimore County: After field trips to Springfield Farm and the Utz Factory, algebra concepts will be used to understand nutrition information and to make predictions about food shortages and droughts.

Barbara Savage, Oakland Mills High School, Howard County: Project will include designing and building a hydroponic growing system after taking trips to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm and a food distribution plant.

Christina Soares, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter Middle School, Baltimore City: A micro-economy will be created by students who grow, harvest, and can products including pesto, sauces and pickled vegetables, and who power the equipment with a stationary bicycle.

Leslie Thomas, Pocomoke High School, Worcester County: Located in a rural area on the Eastern Shore, this Family and Consumer Sciences class project will include creating a greenhouse herb garden.

Nicole Veltre-Luton, Digital Harbor High School, Baltimore City: This technology-focused school in Federal Hill will construct a garden to demonstrate modules to students.

Teaching the Food System is a free, downloadable curriculum available for all high school and college educators to use in their classrooms. Slides, handouts, vocabulary builders and other supplemental materials are included in the curriculum, and can help educators deliver lessons with reduced preparation time. The 11 modules can be taught in any order—either independently or as part of a series.

Learn more about Teaching the Food System.