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It’s Party Thyme, School is Back in Session

With the start of a new school year comes exciting changes for United Way of Passaic County and School 8. Sadly, we said goodbye to last year’s FoodCorps Service Member, Amanda but we welcomed Julia who is looking forward to continuing Amanda’s hard work. Julia will be doing cooking demonstrations, gardening based education, and promoting physical activity throughout her year at School 8.


As students returned to school after summer vacation, they were greeted by a new playground. During recess students are now able to release some energy and stay active by running through the wood chips, going up and down the slides as well as climb the cargo net. We’ve been soaking up this warm September before recess has to move indoors. Thankfully, one of the teachers does yoga and another does zumba, so we are already prepared with yoga mats for rainy and chilly indoor recess days.


The last tomatoes, blueberries and cucumbers have been picked from the school garden and we have been preparing for next season’s harvest. Romaine and bibb lettuce, cilantro, and mint have been planted. We can’t wait to make fall salad recipes with the students.


With school classes just getting finalized, we are excited about the new year and are ready to hit the ground running with various wellness initiatives made possible by NJHCN.


About the Grantee

United Way of Passaic County

The United Way of Passaic County works to improve the lives of people in Passaic County by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our goal is to promote healthy nutrition and a food environment within which all County residents can have access to healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle.