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FMS Farm to School
District's farm to school program a model in the state
“Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, spinach, arugula, mustard greens, head lettuce, baby lettuce, basil, cilantro, parsley, peppers, eggplant, ground cherries, lots of varieties of tomatoes, lots of varieties of potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, kale, squash, swiss chard, ... who else am I missing,” excitedly lists off Matt Price, Agroecology/Environmental Science Teacher at Franklin Pierce School District’s farm (“The Farm”) on 96th Street and Waller Road. Notice how he used the who pronoun instead of what when talking about the crops being grown at The Farm; he cares for the plants like they were people. Price instructs classes from several schools during field trips at the farm. Students participate in outdoor labs that include soil testing, water testing, and yes -- planting, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting. The student activities are complemented by a robust team of volunteers through Harvest Pierce County’s Veggie Co-op program. Together, the total bounty from The Farm gets divided into thirds. One-third of the produce gets incorporated into student meals at the schools. The remaining two-thirds is split between local food banks and the volunteers who toil in the soil. Last year, 18,000 pounds of produce was grown on 1.25 acres of the property’s 6.2 acre site. This year, the harvest goal is 25,000 pounds using 2 acres. Each year, the footprint of land being used for production grows.
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Stopping for Bus Graphic REVISED
Correction to VIEWS newsletter: when to stop for a school bus
In the VIEWS newsletter that was recently mailed, there was an article on page 5 that explained when vehicles need to stop for a school bus. The article was correct, but the infographic that accompanied it was not. As a reminder, you must always stop if you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. On a two-lane road, traffic in both directions needs to stop. If there are three or more lanes, or a divided roadway, you are not required to stop if you’re traveling in the opposite direction of the bus. Please keep in mind, that even if you are not required to stop, you need to proceed with caution. A correction will be published in the next edition of the newsletter. We apologize for this error.
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School Board adopts resolution supporting public education
At the School Board meeting on October 10, the Franklin Pierce School Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming the district's commitment to public education and supporting the "I Love Public Education" campaign initiated by the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Included in the resolution is a call for "Congress to ensure federal resources are allocated equitably, providing increased levels of support for needier communities and schools."
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