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June 2014

In This Issue
Staff Changes
Photovoice Project
McDevitt Middle School Garden is Flourishing
Summer Foods Program
Tribune Column
Waltham Riverfest
Upcoming Events

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Looking Ahead to Summer

This month we have some staff changes to report. We were sad to say goodbye to Louise Forrest, our garden facilitator. She has been a key team member for the past couple of years. We also welcomed two new team members. Manny Zahonet will be facilitating our Photovoice project (read more about this project below) and Yuki Wiland will be working with us as a summer intern on a variety of activities including helping out with the Recreation Department's Chill Zone. Both Manny and Yuki are students at Brandeis University. We are fortunate to work with many great people and wish them all well in their endeavors. 

Louise, Manny and Yuki
Still Space in Waltham Photovoice Project
This summer, Healthy Waltham is coordinating a photovoice project on the theme of "safety." Photovoice is a powerful way to communicate using the universal language of images. Approximately 12 teens will meet weekly with a trained facilitator, take photos, and upload them to a website. Participants will receive a stipend of $9 per hour up to $500 each. The project will conclude this fall with an exhibit at the Waltham Youth Summit coordinated by the Waltham Partnership for Youth. 
There are still a few spots left, so please help us spread the word! Participants can attend the first training on June 25-26 or the second training on July 9-10. Applicants should contact us right away if they are interested. You can learn more about this project and download an application on our website here or send an email to photovoice@healthy-waltham.org. You can also see other local photovoice projects here.
McDevitt Cafeteria Serves Lettuce Grown at School
The McDevitt Middle School cafeteria recently served lettuce grown in the school garden to students at lunch. The school garden has had a number of different caretakers over the years. Most recently, teacher Kristyn Bonnyman and her students enjoyed planting vegetables, which thrived under their care. Led by Healthy Waltham's garden facilitator, Louise Forrest, Ms. Bonnyman's class successfully harvested lettuce and kale, among other vegetables. Melissa Jones, the cafeteria manager, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the garden as well. Vegetables are growing there now for the summer school classes. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!
Cafeteria Manager Melissa Jones holds up kale she picked in the McDevitt Middle School garden.
Summer Foods Program
The Summer Foods Program of the Waltham Boys & Girls Club provides lunches for kids 18 and under at numerous locations throughout Waltham. The lunches are free and no sign-up is required, just visit one of the locations (see the list here). Healthy Waltham is pleased to collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club and the Waltham Fields Community Farm this summer to get locally grown vegetables into some of these nutritious and tasty lunches. You can read more about the Summer Foods Program in the Waltham News Tribune too.
High School Student Guest Authors       

It's become a tradition--Waltham High School students report on the annual High School Health Fair for the Healthy Waltham column in the Waltham News Tribune. Thanks for doing a great job! Please see "Healthy Waltham: Two Takes on Waltham High's Health Fair" that was run in the Waltham News Tribune recently.

Waltham Riverfest 
Waltham Riverfest was a lot of fun and Healthy Waltham was there! We met a ton of folks and enjoyed talking about our work and supporting this community festival. A big thank you to the organizers. To view some of our photos, please see our Flikr site.
Upcoming Events-Waltham Farmers Market
Come visit us at the Waltham Farmers Market on:
Saturday, July 26
9:30 AM-2:00 PM
119 School St., Waltham
We will be there doing a food demo and offering samples of a tasty vegetable dish. Hope to see you there!

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