"After six weeks, the Nutrition Program at the seven Love Your Schools Partner Elementary Schools is finally coming to a close and I can honestly say that it has had a far greater impact on the students than I could have anticipated. I am repeatedly impressed by our students' ability to retain information!"

- Katy Lydon, Love Your School Initiative Service Member

"The children seem to be excited about garden days and are eager to get back in the garden. They sometimes ask good questions about gardening."

- Shane Tucker, Love Your School Initiative Service Member

"In my after school garden club we harvested lots of collards one day. The school bus drivers were nearby and we started chatting about the garden. After giving each of the students their share of collards, we had some left over, so we gave the extra to the bus drivers. They were very happy and appreciative of the greens."

- Samantha Toro, Love Your School Initiative Service Member

"In one of my first grade classes at Bale Elementary we did a garden tour. A lot of the plants had reached the end of their life cycle and we talked about what it means when a plant goes to seed. We also talked about some of the plants that were growing in the garden. We went back to the basketball court and I asked some of the students what was growing in the garden. I hadn't talked about it but one of the students raised their hand and said blueberries. We do have blueberries growing but I hadn't focused on that part of the garden. It was great to have a student remember that from one of our old garden tours. I feel like my service has helped these students learn that their food grows and isn't just found in a grocery store. My service at Bale Elementary has helped connect students to their food. It may be small connections but all you need to do is plant a seed for something to grow. Hopefully they will carry this on as they get older and make better choices."

- Alanah Lawrason, Love Your School Initiative Service Member

"This spring we have been teaching nutrition lessons from the Grow Eat Thrive curriculum to the elementary students in the Little Rock School District. Most of these schools have high rates of obesity and many of the families lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the lessons we teach students how to make better choices regarding their diet.

Students in these classes get to taste different fruits and vegetables. Sometimes they are reluctant to try the new foods, but usually they like the foods once they try them. After each lesson, it's amazing to see the transition in the students after they learn about healthy eating and get exposed to new foods."

- Travis DeLongchamp, Love Your School Initiative Service Member

 

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Katy Lydon

Katy Lydon was born and raised in Indialantic, Florida with her parents and two sisters. She was first exposed to gardening during her time at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The summer before her senior year, she stumbled upon a small, organic, urban farm project called Our Community Farm Project. The farm project helped feed a community of refugees from Burundi living in Clarkston, a small suburb of Atlanta. For the refugees, this farm provided a direct link to their food source, a means to earn a supplemental income, and a way to maintain their culture. Those six months with Our Community Farm Project, and her more recent experiences on farms across the country, changed her outlook on life and food. She strongly believes that it is every human's right to have direct access to healthy, affordable food; and, through garden-based education we can create a new, connected food system.

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Alanah Lawrason

Alanah was raised in Killeen, Texas and grew up gardening with her mom and helping out on her Grandparents Christmas tree farm in Nebraska. She attended Texas A&M University where she graduated with a BS in Community Health in May 2014. In her last semester of college she was given the opportunity to intern at a non-profit focusing on combating childhood obesity. One of the components of the program is gardening. Through her time assisting with the gardening classes she realized her passion for connecting children with their food and where it comes from. She strives to intertwine nature and health concepts together to educate and strengthen communities.

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Travis DeLongchamp

All the students at Mabelvale Elementary visit the school garden twice a month. Most of these students come from urban areas and aren't exposed to the origins of their food and so the experience in the garden greatly increases their knowledge and acceptance of vegetables. One time during a garden class, we tasted parsley growing in the garden. One student was particularly skeptical of trying it, but with a little bit of encouragement, he finally gave it a tiny nibble. His opinion quickly changed and he ended up harvesting some to take home with him for his parents to cook with.

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Shane Tucker

Shane Tucker is from Batesville, Ar. Shane became interested in gardening through his interest in
Natural health. In recent years he has especially gained an appreciation for healthy food. He aims to gain
experience in growing produce and sharing the knowledge and fun with the students at Franklin
Elementary School in Little Rock.

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Samantha Toro

Samantha was born and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from University of South
Florida in 2011 with a BA in Economics. After graduating, she worked for Citigroup as
an analyst. It was during this time Samantha became extremely passionate about
optimizing her mental, spiritual, and physical health. Food became a significant interest
of hers, both as a creative outlet and a fundamental basis of health. In February 2014, she
left her analyst position to do some traveling and found herself volunteering on a small
organic farm in Talladega, AL. From then on she knew she wanted to grow fresh, healthy
food and work towards increasing its availability and consumption.

 

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Love Your School (LYS) is a school-based obesity intervention which uses evidence based programs to combat child obesity in seven (7) K-5 elementary school students. A partnership between the City of Little Rock and the Little Rock School District, LYS employs programs for in-classroom nutrition education, school-based gardening, food preparation, and exercise in order to teach and inspire children and parents to choose healthier lifestyles. Metrics of impact are a central component of our effort and we monitor student body composition indicators to determine the impact our programs. Additionally, students are administered pre and post nutrition tests to measure impact.

Love Your School Garden Corps Members will oversee and implement, on a daily basis, a variety of interventions at his/her specific school and work as a Team Member for specific activities at specific schools when called upon. 300 raised-bed school gardens have been distributed over our partner schools and Corps Members will be responsible for organizing student maintenance, planting, harvesting and growing the garden. Corps Members will also organize and engage K-5 students, parents, school staff and volunteers in promoting and selling crops at school-based vegetable stands. Love Your School incorporates an evidence-based classroom nutrition curriculum in fall-winter months (Sep-Feb), and Corps Members will be responsible for coordinating with nutrition instructors for classroom nutrition lessons. Corps Members will oversee evening Cooking Matters classes held at assigned schools, which teach parents nutrition, food prep, and cooking healthy meals at home. Finally, Corps Members will implement a walking programs at each school which incentivizes students to exercise on a regular basis.

QUICK FACTS (2012-2013 Academic Year)

SCHOOL
NAME

F/R RATE

LMSS

BMI%

M     F

SCHOOL GARDENS

STUDENTS

2012-2013    

Carver Magnet

74.00%

641

31.8/44.8

34

387

Franklin ES

100.00%

583

23.1/33.8

43

372

Bale ES

100.00%

480

44.6/37.9

42

353

Romine Magnet

100.00%

440

42.7/59.5

32

377

Mabelvale ES

100.00%

597

45.3/44.0

44

586

Booker Magnet

79.00%

585

41.1/34.0

36

526

Geyer Springs GTA

100.00%

476

35.7/44.1

30

272

TOTAL

 

 

 

300

2,873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BALE ELEMENTARY

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Bale Elementary School encourages students to make good choices and exhibit strong character traits by having high expectations for everyone on campus. Bale's partnership with UALR/Children's International provides an after school Kid's Club while its partnership with the city of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 42 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

BALE QUICK FACTS:

Principal: Dr. Ericka McCarroll
Enrollment: 365
Grades: Pre-K/5
Address: 6501 West 32nd Avenue, Little Rock AR 72204
Mascot: Bobcats
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 480
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 38.50% Girls: 40.30%

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BOOKER ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL

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Booker Arts Magnet School, originally Booker Junior High School, was built in 1963. Booker became an Elementary school in 1982. In 1983, the Little Rock School District Board of Directors approved a plan for Booker Intermediate to become Booker Arts Magnet School. In 1987, Booker became an elementary school for students who live in Pulaski County. The school was named for Mr. Bob Booker, a prominent civil rights attorney. Basketball star Sidney Moncrief is an outstanding alumnus of Booker. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, is also a Booker Arts Magnet Alumnus. The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 56 raised bed gardens, uses a 1/4 mile walking track and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

BOOKER QUICK FACTS:

Principal: Dr. Cheryl Carson
Enrollment: 607
Grades: K-5
Address: 2016 Barber Street, Little Rock AR 72206
Mascot: Jaguars
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 585
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 29.30% Girls: 32.00%

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CARVER MATH-SCIENCE MAGNET SCHOOL

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Carver Math-Science Magnet School's program encompasses pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Twenty-five classroom teachers and twenty specialists provide a rich educational opportunity for each student. Our mission statement reflects the philosophy we strive to meet daily. "Carver is a school where children come first! A caring team of staff, parents, and community work together to insure a quality academic, social and technological education for ALL students." Carver Magnet offers a full-range curriculum, with a focus on Science and Math that equips children at an early age with the academic and social skills to live in a technical world. New computer stations in each classroom linked to the computer lab allow the children to learn technology skills and gain proficiency in Internet research. The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 34 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

CARVER QUICK FACTS:

Principal: Diane Barksdale
Enrollment: 390
Grades: K-5
Address: 2100 East 6th Street, Little Rock AR 72202
Mascot: Cardinals
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 74%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 641
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 31.80% Girls: 44.80%

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FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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Franklin was constructed in 1949. It was named Benjamin Franklin Elementary School after the great American inventor, scientist, and author. The Franklin land area consists of 10 acres nestled in the Oak Forest neighborhood district. Franklin boasts model classrooms utilizing the Balanced Literacy Program for its K-3 grades and an award-winning art and music program. The Franklin motto is "We Can Do Hard Things." The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 36 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY QUICK FACTS

Principal: Cynthia Collins
Enrollment: 372
Grades: Pre-K-5
Address: 1701 South Harrison Street, Little Rock AR 72204
Mascot: Falcons
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 71.6%
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 23.1% Girls: 33.8%

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GEYER SPRINGS GIFTED AND TALENTED ACADEMY

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At Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy all students are special. The teachers encourage each student daily to give their best in all academic areas! The students at GSE are the #1 priority. Literacy, writing, and math are the targeted areas of study. Geyer Springs has both Literacy and Mathematics full time coaches and encourages and promotes Parental Involvement at the school. The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 28 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

GEYER SPRINGS QUICK FACTS

Principal: Richard Mills
Enrollment: 233
Grades: Pre-K-5
Address: 5240 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock AR 72209
Mascot: Cardinal
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 57.8%
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 35.7% Girls: 44.1%

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MABELVALE ELEMENTARY

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Mabelvale Elementary School is located in Southwest Little Rock and serves a specific attendance zone from which the students are assigned. Our building which was built in 1980 is a very attractive beige brick building consisting of 28 classrooms, a large open media center, a large faculty work room and lounge and two computer rooms. Additionally there is a conference room designed specifically so that parents and teachers can meet privately. We boast about our very large spacious playground featuring separate areas for primary and upper grades. There are large grass areas, a full basketball court and four separate basketball goals. The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 50 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

MABELVALE QUICK FACTS

Principal: Darian Smith
Enrollment: 586
Grades: Pre-K-5
Address: 9401 Mabelvale Cut-off, Mabelvale AR 72103
Mascot: Mustang
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 75.4%
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 45.3% Girls: 44.0%

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ROMINE MAGNET ELEMENTARY

romine

At Romine, students receive intensified instruction in basic skills through prescription learning. Romine boasts comprehensive literacy and gifted math programs. Students at Romine receive intense literacy instruction through instructional strategies, activities and supplemental tutoring intended to meet the goals of all students reading at proficient level by the end of the third grade. Romine was constructed in 1963, with a large renovation, including the addition of a new east wing, taking place in 2003. The City of Little Rock's Love Your School childhood obesity intervention provides 40 raised bed gardens, a 1/6th mile walking trail and Fitness Finders Walking Program, Cooking Matters for Adults classes, K-5 evidence-based nutrition curriculum and many additional health related programs for students and faculty.

ROMINE QUICK FACTS

Principal: Beverly Jones
Enrollment: 365
Grades: Pre-K-5
Address: 5240 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock AR 72209
Mascot: Mustang
Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: 100%
2013 Literacy Mean Scale Score for ABE Literacy (3rd Grade): 66.7%
2012-13 BMI: Boys: 42.7% Girls: 59.5%

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