Foodcorps americorps service member
For Hope, finding ways to dream and play with the kids in her care is an extraordinary and rewarding mission, which of course makes her a natural in her role as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member, assigned to our Petoskey office.
“Even elementary school can put a lot of pressure on students, and inviting them to explore the outdoors, express creativity, and lean into their robust imaginations while still learning about their food is really meaningful to me,” Hope says. “It’s an added bonus that my imagination gets to come along with theirs!”
As a FoodCorps service member, Hope teaches hands-on lessons to students from preschool through sixth grade at East Jordan and Boyne Falls Public Schools about the world of food. They discuss cycles of nature, crop science, cooking, and nutrition, and she also works closely with cafeteria and garden happenings. “Schools have such a unique opportunity to create environments for students to develop satisfying relationships with food—much of my role involves figuring out how to actualize this opportunity,” Hope says.