Club Grub After-School Program
Club Grub, an after-school program for Woodward students in grades 1-3. The participants (youth) are selected through an application process in which they are asked to write about their interest in community service, gardening, and food. Demonstration of active interest in the topics to be covered, as well as good writing and clear thought were considered in choosing participants.
Each session consists of a lesson related to food, and always included a healthy snack that the children often prepared themselves. Children learn about soil, the parts of a plant, and start their own worm bin compost. Lessons also cover food systems—how food travels from farm to plate—and students explore the difference between local and global food systems with a taste test of apples that were grown both locally and across the country.
About 5 "K" students work with about 10 Woodward students each week.
The purpose of the program is “To empower students as citizens while learning about the importance of food, from what they eat to where it comes from.” The program participants are seven to ten first through third grade students from the Woodward School.
Each quarter, all students must attend a mandatory orientation/training session, complete appropriate paperwork, and attend mandatory reflection sessions throughout the term.
Location: The Woodward School, 606 Stuart Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Program Times: Tuesday, 3pm-4:30pm
Position: Facilitator (volunteer or federal work study positions available)