Updates

I have been getting to know my city and the school officials that I and the others before me have worked with. It has been a great start to my service and I have enjoyed meeting all new people and the people who have advocated for the program and supported it.
April 27, 2017
This was such a fun week for me. I really enjoyed getting the students and staff involved in building awareness for Fight Childhood Hunger Week. The kids were very kind and courteous!
April 27, 2017
Fight Childhood Hunger Week has been both challenging and exciting. At the elementary school we had a riddle competition in which a food-related question was posed each day in the announcements and the first letter of each day's answer spelled out the word F*O*O*D. Quite a few students came up with the correct answer, so a winner was chosen from among them via a drawing.
April 27, 2017
It is my hope that students left the exercise equipped with a little more knowledge as to why hunger exists, what it looks like, and how it might impact families in Helena so that they can advocate for themselves and others as they grow into adulthood.
April 27, 2017
As we shared a moment of silence and some tears together, we realized that we are now a part of something bigger than ourselves. This is what makes it easy and fun for me to dress up in a plum costume all day, lead obstacle courses, and make sample smoothies for each P.E. class in 2 elementary schools, act goofy at a middle school for a photo booth on Wear Orange Wednesday, and talk to students (who are highly energetic) about how they can join this fight with us!
April 27, 2017
I have teamed up with a group of motivated high school students to host an event, “Lets Fight Childhood Hunger on the Blackfeet Reservation 2017”. The event will take place in the high school cafeteria/auditorium on April 20th, 2017. We have not yet finalized our menu but are hoping to showcase our own healthy, traditional source of protein: the buffalo.
March 28, 2017
On my first day of service in Kalispell I had the opportunity to deliver lunch meals to the different schools in the district. I was walking down the halls of an elementary school and I began to reflect on what I was truly passionate about, and, as a line of first graders passed by me to go eat lunch, I felt a strong anger because I knew that there are many students who will go home and won't have a meal to eat for dinner.
March 27, 2017
A few weeks ago, 250 AmeriCorps members gathered in Helena for Montana's 8th Annual Serve Symposium. This is a three-day event where the members perform service projects, attend workshops, listen to guest speakers, and execute a disaster simulation to top off the week. Although the week was long and action-packed, I found it to be quite valuable. My workshops ranged in topic, including concepts like community organizing, creating a collective impact, working in the non-profit sector, the psychological stages of the AmeriCorps service experience, and measuring poverty. I felt particularly inspired by my peers.
March 27, 2017
I am hosting a Cooking Matters at the Store tour during the first part of April​ and a family dinner on the 27th that month. The dinner project, an effort to reconnect families around the dinner table, inspires meaningful interaction​, repairing broken down family structures. The Cooking Matters at the Store tour teaches struggling parents to make healthy choices in the store and get the most out of their shopping dollars. Exciting and fulfilling, both projects have the potential to effect lasting, positive​ change.
March 27, 2017