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Nutrition Education Programs

Catch a Rainbow Everyday (CARE) Stipend

The CARE program consists of five grade-appropriate, nutrition lessons that focus on food colors, food sensory, portion sizes, and math skills. Funding for the program and training is provided by the Student Support and Academic Enrichments, Title IV, Part A Grant. Stipends for training and lesson planning are available for interested 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Teachers at Cora Kelly School, Ferdinand T. Day, James Polk Elementary, John Adams, Mount Vernon Community, Patrick Henry K8, Samuel Tucker, and William Ramsay Elementary Schools.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Students at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology and William Ramsay Elementary School can now enjoy a complimentary sample of fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, three days per week in addition to corresponding nutrition education. Options include fruit and vegetables such as purple potatoes, pomegranates, radishes, and familiar but unusual varieties of old favorites like apples and citrus fruits with a preference to regionally grown produce as seasonally available.

Through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, ACPS is expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables available to children and aims to inspire lifelong healthy choices.

Eating Smart • Being Active Parent Classes

In partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Eating Smart • Being Active classes teach our parents how to make positive lifestyle choices for good nutrition and health. The 4-part program is tailored to how adults learn best, with discussions, hands-on activities, and practical advice for making healthy behavior changes that will impact themselves and their families. The program is available to parents at Cora Kelly School, Ferdinand T. Day, James Polk, John Adams, Mount Vernon Community, Patrick Henry K8, Samuel Tucker, and William Ramsay Elementary Schools. Scheduling is coordinated through the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center.

Resources for Teachers

Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten teachers can meet education standards for Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health using the 6 ready-to-go and interactive lessons.

The Great Garden Detective Adventure Series: A Standards-Based Garden Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4
Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flashcards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up
Ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.