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A Healthy Collaboration between Good Food for Oxford Schools and FoodCorps Gives Special School Visitors Food for Thought

A Healthy Collaboration between Good Food for Oxford Schools and FoodCorps Gives Special School Visitors Food for Thought

Special school visitors during the March 2 visit to Della Davidson Elementary School were (pictured left to right): Northern District Director for Senator Thad Cochran Mindy Maxwell; Good Food for Oxford Schools (GFOS) Program Director Eleanor Green; AmeriCorps VISTA Patricia DeFelice, Good Food for Oxford Schools; Zach Wehmeyer, FoodCorps service member, Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network; Elizabeth Speed, FoodCorps service member, Good Food for Oxford Schools; Gregory Alston, field representative for Senator Thad Cochran; Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network Executive Director Daniel Doyle; and, Felicia Bell, agriculture specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology. [Photo credit: Oxford School District]

Della Davidson Elementary School gives special school guests an inside look at how students are learning thanks to healthy collaboration

Oxford, Mississippi (March 9, 2017)—Thanks to a healthy collaboration between Good Food for Oxford Schools (GFOS) and FoodCorps, Della Davidson Elementary School (DDES) hosted some special school visitors who toured the school’s gardens and grounds to see firsthand what students are digesting as food for thought.

On March 2, 2017, school visitors from U.S. Senator Thad Cochran’s staff, FoodCorps, the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network and the National Center for Appropriate Technology got a taste of great things growing in the lives of school students during a March 2 school visit.

During the special school visit, the group participated in hands-on nutrition education learning in the gardens with school students and DDES teacher Laurie Beth Ellis. They also took a short tour of the school garden and took a behind-the-scenes look inside the school’s cafeteria with DDES Cafeteria Manager Mike Lipsey. While in the school cafeteria, guests enjoyed lunch and observed FoodCorps service member Elizabeth Speed guiding students through a taste test of a new healthy lunch menu item, tomato basil soup which was created by DDES cafeteria staff member Billie Hicks.

“For years, we have worked together with FoodCorps to offer our school district students and teachers hands-on learning and lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition education, school gardens, cafeteria education and general health and wellness,” said Good Food for Oxford Schools Program Coordinator Eleanor Green. “We were happy to have this special group of visitors take an interest and inside look at the great work that is taking place inside our schools.”

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