Monthly Archives: September 2013
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Jack Johnson to Match Donations to School Food Initiative Until November 1!

The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2013 From Here To Now To You tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who Read more

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Rod Tucknott inspects a student's work.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid Teaches Students a Lot More Than How To Make a Splint

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Rod Tucknott inspects a student’s work. Earlier this summer, the Orfalea Foundation’s 2013 REACH cohort split into three groups for a 25-day expedition into the mountains and canyons of Colorado. For Read more

Orfalea Foundation Food Literacy Manager Melissa Fontaine leads early childhood educators in a food systems exercise.

Preschool Food Initiative Prepares Early Childhood Educators

By Carol Capito Bright and early on an August Saturday morning in Santa Maria, a group of 55 early childhood educators began a full day of training covering healthy food practices in preschools and early education centers.  Read more

Cheri Rae and Barbara Keyani discuss promotion of the Parent Resource Center.

Parent Resource Center Is Also a Student, Teacher, and Community Resource

By Dean Zatkowsky Before I visited the new Parent Resource Center at the Santa Barbara Unified School District offices, Orfalea Foundation Vice President Catherine Brozowski handed me a documentary called The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Read more

chef ann and student crop

99% of Schools Continue Serving Healthy Food!

By Claud Mann Hardly a day has gone by since the start of the school year without some mention of school food in the local or national news. Most recently, hundreds of newspapers ran the Read more

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Workplace Wellness: Good for Employees, Employers, and Children

By Melissa Fontaine Parents who eat vegetables have children who eat vegetables. Any questions? Many adults spend more than forty hours per week at work. There, we develop lifestyle habits that we  model for our Read more

A once empty ashphalt area is now a fully developed outdoor classroom.

A Little Center That Can, Part 3

(Part 3: Securing Long Term Change) By Eric Nelson. In our previous segments we saw how Sara Bautista’s leadership and commitment to personal growth drove changes at her Aliso State Preschool.  However, Aliso stands out Read more

Solvang School Cafeteria – A Perfect Lunch Spot for Julia Child

by Melissa Fontaine If Julia Child were to visit the most inspiring school cafeterias across the entire West Coast, she would certainly have to visit Solvang Elementary School– according to Dayle Hayes. Hayes is a Read more


Time to Eat? Not Necessarily

Pretend for a moment that you are an innovative Food Services Director determined to offer both healthful and delicious options to students. Your cafeteria staff has attended Orfalea’s SFI Culinary Boot Camp and is excited Read more

Outdoor Classroom Specialist trainings build leadership skills and subject matter expertise.

A Little Center That Can, Part 2

(Part 2: Momentum) By Eric Nelson. Site director Sara Bautista’s commitment to personal growth was a key success factor in enhancing the quality of Aliso State Preschool. Already an accomplished professional with a Masters degree Read more