Monthly Archives: May 2013

Common Sense Media Shares Essential Books for Kids & Teens

Our friends at Common Sense Media have just published a guide with “more than 150 great book suggestions for your kids and teens, from bedtime stories to chapter books to true literature, and more.” Find Read more

Los Olivos Students Harvest Vegetables for Donation

by Melissa Fontaine On May 23, 2013, students from Los Olivos Elementary School visited Classic Organics Farm in Buellton for an educational and community-minded field trip. The students went to the farm to learn about Read more

Kermit McKenzie Junior High School Cafe Manager Ursula Guerrero and Principal Sal Reynoso. It doesn't take a lot of food to help kids concentrate through the morning.

Why Does Universal Breakfast in the Classroom Work in Some Schools and Not in Others?

by Dean Zatkowsky A recent series of articles and reader comments in the Los Angeles Times brought attention to the fact that Universal Breakfast in the Classroom (UBIC) programs are extremely controversial, but conversations about Read more

Promotores Training with The School Food Initiative: Day 4 and Graduation

Wednesday, May 22, marked the fourth specialized culinary training of Santa Barbara County promotores by Chef Instructors and staff from Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative. (For more information about Santa Barbara County’s promatores de salud program, see our Read more

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What Can You Do about Health and Wellness Policies at Your Local School? Plenty!

Guest Post by Tricia Godfrey, School Food Initiative School Outreach Manager. The 2004 mandate that all school districts create, implement and monitor their own wellness policies could be a powerful tool for improving student health Read more

Promotores Training with The School Food Initiative: Day 3

Wednesday, May 16, marked the third day-long culinary training of twenty-six Santa Barbara County promotores by Chef Instructors and staff from the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative.

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Your Invitation to Make No Kid Hungry a Reality

On Thursday, May 30th the City of Santa Barbara, Share Our Strength, SB Unified School District, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the Community Action Commission are hosting a music event to showcase the wonderful Read more

Exposure to adult conversation helps children learn language and social skills.

The Importance of Baby Talk

Parent-to-child baby talk is more crucial than most of us think.  We are not referring to ooh-ing and aww-ing, but conversational parent-child communication.  According to “The Power of Talking to Your Baby” by Tina Rosenberg, Read more

REACH Students at the Camp Whittier High Ropes Course

Students from the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH youth development program celebrated their return from 25 days in the Colorado wilderness with a day of teamwork, challenges, debriefing, and presentations. Music courtesy of B. Willing James.

Promotores Training with The School Food Initiative: Day 2

Wednesday, May 8, marked the second all-day culinary training of a group of twenty-six Santa Barbara County promatores by Chef Instructors from the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative.