District Welcomes AmeriCorps ‘Farm to School’ Staff Members
For the City Times
Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools will be getting expert AmeriCorps staff.
The AmeriCorps Farm to School Program was launched in September of 2008 by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The goal of the program is to provide an innovative approach to decreasing childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating habits in students and increasing access to local foods in schools.
This year the District is pleased to welcome two new staff members who are part of the AmeriCorps Farm to School initiative. Alex Maves is serving as Community Outreach Coordinator, and Megan Rheaume is the Brand Nutrition Educator. Both Alex and Megan will be working in the District throughout the elementary schools.
Megan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness and strives to create and implement fun, engaging lessons for the elementary students of Wisconsin Rapids. During her down time, she enjoys reading, dancing to bluegrass music, disc golfing, and rock climbing.
Alex has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Sociology, with a minor in Environmental Studies. She’s excited to get in contact with local farmers to incorporate fresh produce into the schools, and to get kids excited about these new, healthy options. When not working, Alex enjoys hiking, photography, playing guitar, biking, and being with family and friends.
The Wisconsin Rapids School District looks forward to all the ways these AmeriCorps Farm to School staff members will enrich the lives of our students and community.