Happy New Year! Indeed, each January calls for reflection on the year left behind as well as opportunity to recalibrate and consider fresh resolutions for the New Year. Ideas that began as a mere vision of transformative change in 2014 have begun to take shape and come to fruition. We should feel proud of our collective partnership that has provided valuable opportunities for our students. In the early spring of 2014 we moved forward with a vision of building a model space to better reflect the needs of the 21st century learner by promoting greater collaboration, complex problem-solving and project-based learning. While our Makerspace & Learning Lab is continuing to evolve, we should feel proud that this work has encouraged a shift to our approach to teaching and learning. Building on this vision from 2014, we should have the goal of continuing to challenge our traditional classroom space to promote greater flexibility and creativity in all of our classrooms.
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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: