FoodPrints out of school time (OST) programming provides enriching hands-on cooking, gardening, and learning experiences after school and during the summer, as an extension of our school-day programming and PreK-5th grade experiential food education curriculum.
FoodPrints aftercare offers enriching experiences that support positive youth development and nurturing students as they grow their sense of responsibility and leadership as well as their sense of belonging and membership in a class community. Students are encouraged to be autonomous by trying new skills for themselves; to form a community by engaging in teamwork around the lessons and
talking to each other about their discoveries; and to care for one another as they nurture the garden and eat fresh fruits and vegetables together at a community table. In the 2022-23 school year FoodPrints aftercare served 130 students at four DCPS elementary schools: Burroughs, Marie Reed, Malcolm X, and Kimball.
FoodPrints summer enrichment takes place at select DCPS summer enrichment sites. Students attend DCPS summer school classes in the mornings and then transition to FoodPrints classrooms after lunch where they spend their afternoons cooking, gardening, harvesting, learning about plant science and pollinators, and eating nutritious food together. In summer 2023, FoodPrints summer enrichment took place at Payne, Kimball, CW Harris, and Garrison elementary schools. Read about our Summer 2023 program.
We are grateful for the significant funding from Learn24 that supports much of our OST programming.