Today, climate change is a paramount issue, and it is up to every person to do their part to minimize the damages. To me, sustainability is doing one’s part to reduce their carbon footprint in a way that benefits all areas of their life, and is cost effective and sustainable in their lifestyle. After attending the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit and meeting dairy farmers (and visiting dairy farms), I have been inspired to get more involved in sustainability efforts in my school and community.
At our high school, we have 22 raised garden beds that grow food for our cafeterias. While we were able to start this with grant money, we still need to raise funds every year to keep the gardens growing. This year, we held our first annual community event to help raise money for the gardens. Over 200 people came to the event.
The “Community Mobile Pantry” is our way of giving back to the community. Fuel Up to Play 60 joined David Schwake, Food Service Director in our district and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help feed families in need of extra food on the weekends.
Our High School Fuel Up to Play 60 students continue to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, who currently have approximately 100 families in our town’s after school program. Our High School Fuel Up to Play 60 students continue to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, who currently have approximately 100 families in our town’s after school program. During the day, all of the school’s nutrition staff prepares the “harvest of the month” tastings for each of these students on the first Wednesday of each month.
My state is ranked as one of the highest for obesity in the nation and I wanted to do something to help children in my state from becoming obese.
At my school’s concession stand we have the usual such as popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, candy, water, soda and sports drinks. I suggested to the teacher in charge that we add some healthy options.
We changed the Styrofoam trays to fiber ones, planted a garden, and cleaned our courtyard to be used as an outdoor classroom.
We are now implementing an educational garden for local youth at the APX Market. The Local APX Market is a food, farm and artisan market located in historic Appomattox.
Youth Leading the Way in Building a Culture of Health in NJI was invited by the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to co-present a workshop at the “Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Thriving Communities Transform Lives” conference. The mission of the conference was to improve health, equity, and well-being for all residents.
I volunteered at an elementary school in my area at Girls on the Run. GOTR is a group where girls meet and they work on running, eating healthy, and ways to grow within ourselves.
This was my third year participating in safety city through our Louisville Police Department at North Nim Elementary. We get assigned to a group of kindergarteners and guide them through a four-day long safety class.