It is hard to believe that November has already come and gone. Indeed, the dizzying speed of the holiday season is upon us as we all seem to move at a frantic pace to prepare for the New Year. I trust that Thanksgiving was well spent with family and friends, giving us reason to pause and give thanks to those in our lives that provide us with support and love.
Prior to the Thanksgiving break, we were pleased to launch two successful new initiatives in each building—our elementary Haldane Heroes and our 8th grade peer mentoring programs. In the elementary school a student in each class was acknowledged for demonstrating pro-social behaviors, including kindness, respect, and empathy. Donning a citizenship medal bestowed on the child during the school day, it was a thrill to observe 18 Haldane Heroes emerge at dismissal as exemplars of compassion. We look forward to this as a weekly Friday ritual for the duration of the school year.
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Haldane's Farm to School Initiative inspires young people to eat their veggies and make healthier choices. With our Farmer in the Classroom program, students visit the school garden and learn where their food comes from and how it grows from seed to harvest. Our Chef in the Classroom program brings enthusiastic young chef interns from the Culinary Institute of America into the elementary school classrooms teaching students how to create tasty dishes with a different, locally-sourced vegetable each month. These vegetable dishes are then served in the cafeteria for the whole school to sample at our monthly veggie taste test.
Haldane’s Farm to School Initiative is coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School in partnership with Haldane's Wellness Committee and Garden Committee. To get all the recipes from our Chef in the Classroom program, go to Hudson Valley Farm to School's webpage: