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Community Harvest Challenge Kicks Off

Every school in our district makes significant community efforts and places considerable emphasis upon local, nutritious foods. Porters Point School is currently running a fantastic, local produce-based program called “In Shape and In Season” aimed at reducing childhood malnutrition and childhood obesity; Union Memorial School partnered with Tuberville to plant and harvest potatoes for donation to the Colchester Community Food Shelf (CCFS) and has also hosted food drives; Malletts Bay School donates produce from their gardens to CCFS, and Colchester High School—in addition to also hosting a community garden—also actively supports community food drives (including the one announced yesterday).

And now Colchester Middle School’s Family and Consumer Science classes, in partnership with the VT FEEDS farm-to-school initiative, are spearheading a harvest challenge from November 1 through November 16, 2012!

CMS is collecting nonperishable food items for donation to CCFS to support our community members in need; contributions can be placed in the box in the lobby near CMS’s front office. As part of this initiative, 1984 Colchester High School graduate Art Hawkes will visit CMS as a representative of Sam Mazza’s farm; on November 16, he will arrive at CMS with a bucket loader. Can we fill the loader with the collected food items?

Family and Consumer Science students and other volunteers will package all of the food items for delivery to CCFS early in the week of November 19.

For questions, or to help with the CMS harvest challenge, please e-mail Sandra Hawkes ( or call (802) 264-5800!

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