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Growing Healthy Schools Week October 15th- 20th
Growing Healthy Schools Week celebrates school gardens and farm to school programs throughout the District of Columbia. During the week, school staff will work with local non-profits, farms and chefs to coordinate inspiring activities aimed at engaging the broader community, increasing environmental literacy, building program capacity, and connecting students to their food. Learn more…

Healthy Sprouts Awards
The National Gardening Association/Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards recognizes outstanding youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. The maximum award is a $500 gift certificate to Gardener’s Supply; National Gardening Association’s Eat a Rainbow Kit, and taste education and nutrition lessons. Schools or organizations that plan to garden with children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible to apply. The deadline to submit an application is October 31.

America Recycles Day 2012
One of the biggest barriers to recycling for individuals is to know what is recycled in their community. On America Recycles Day, local community organizers like you overcome this barrier by hosting events that inform and educate millions of people on this topic. Consider organizing an America Recycles Day event — on or around November 15. Keep America Beautiful has created materials for event organizers to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community. In addition to a downloadable “Go-to-Guide” to make it easy for you to organize a local event to get the word out, also available are free America Recycles Day banners, bookmarks, buttons, pencils, pledge cards and posters on a first-registered, first serve basis. Follow this link to set up an account and register your America Recycles Day 2012 event visit .

Worldwide Day of Play, October 6
In celebration of Worldwide Day of Play, turn off the TVs and join Ward 8 for a play day. On Saturday, October 6th from 11am-3pm at Oxon Run Park participate in activities such as face painting and tug or war at the Ward 8 Day of Play. Learn more…

District Schools Chosen for National Wellness and Nutrition Award
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced ten additional District of Columbia Schools have been honored among the healthiest nationwide as part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award Program. More…

Registration for fall field trips to Arcadia Farm is now open
Arcadia Center For Sustainable Food and Agriculture is excited to announce that registration for fall field trips to Arcadia Farm is NOW OPEN! Arcadia Farm offers hands-on educational experiences for children to explore the farm-to-table process. The field trips are aligned with age-appropriate curriculum standards, and teach students 1) how to grow food sustainably with the natural cycles of the earth; 2) which fruits and vegetables are available in our region during different times of the year; 3) how farm-fresh food is different from processed or fast food; and 4) that fruits and vegetables can be healthy and delicious! Learn more…

Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Available – Application Due October 1st
If your school has at least one adult designated as a program advisor and is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, your school is eligible to apply for up to $4,000 per school year, awarded on a competitive basis. Funds can help you implement Fuel Up to Play 60 – and more importantly can help your school meet its long-term wellness goals. Read more…

See how the Healthy Schools Act is working   As required by the Act, in September 2011, OSSE submitted its first annual report to D.C. Council on schools’ compliance with the Act’s requirements.   More…