There are lots of different ways to get involved in food education in Bellingham Public Schools.
- Classroom Cooking: Assist Common Threads food educators with classroom-based healthy cooking activities.
- After-School Cooking Clubs: Assist Common Threads food educators with after-school cooking club activities
- Evening Family and Community Events: Assist Common Threads food educators with cooking demos and tasting opportunities at evening family and community events, such as school-hosted food banks.
- Distribute Taste Tests: Assist food service staff in distributing taste tests for new menu items and on Harvest of the Month tasting days in the cafeteria once a month.
- Support Healthy Eating: Volunteer to support students, teachers and food service staff for Breakfast in the Classroom, Recess Before Lunch, salad bars, and new recipe taste-tests. Be a positive influence in the cafeteria by eating with the students.
- Cafeteria Composting: Support students, food service and custodial staff, and teachers in creating and sustaining thoughtful cafeteria recycling and composting practices.
- School Garden Lessons: Assist Common Threads food educators with school garden-based lessons. Includes experiential outdoor education, facilitating small groups of students. No gardening knowledge required.
- Garden Maintenance & Care: Weed, prune, mulch, plant and water during the school year and during summer break.
- Special Garden Projects: Occasional targeted projects, such as light carpentry, setting up drip systems, hauling debris or compost, etc.
- After School Garden Clubs: Assist Common Threads food educators with after-school gardening club activities in the spring and fall.