Grants and Awards

Healthy Cuisine for Kids Culinary Lab - 2015


This summer, NM members, Maria Taylor and Stephanie Woodward traveled to Norwood, OH to work with Chef Brenda, Chef Roger and Trainer, Bernadette. Through the State of Ohio NM received a grant for this training. We practiced “Mise En Place” (very Montessori) as we tried many newly created recipes for healthy school lunches. Our staff was treated to some of these delicious recipes and many are now part of our Gourmet Grub Menu. Students participate in the NM cooking program and are creating these meals daily.

Team Nutrition - 2015


This summer we will be participating in a Team Nutrition Grant for the “Healthier/US School Challenge”. This grant will provide resources for the implementation of nutritional and physical education and curriculum for all programs. Professional chef and menu planners will come to NM and work with the students to create meals and menus for healthy nutrition.  It will also allow for more physical fitness opportunities such as a bike club, a geocaching club and a yoga club.

Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seed Company - 2014


Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, “The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage.” We plan to travel to Baker’s Creek and offer a “Nightingale Thank You “ in person!  Please click here to learn more about this great company.

Clark County Waste Management District - 2014


Funds will be allocated for various projects. We will be revitalizing compost bins, vermiposting and purchasing green packaging to replace our use of ziplock bags. We will be conducting our own Waste Management Studies to determine our environmental impact by switching to compostable packaging for Gourmet Grub and snacks! Thank you Clark County!

School Garden - 2014


Our application supports the development and current maintenance of the various NM garden projects on our school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables over the summer months. Our garden project is at the stage of development (planning, construction and operation). We were selected as a grant recipient for our dedication to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders, (you – our awesome NM community), as well as the demonstration of our ability to financially sustain the garden. Stephanie Woodward and Cristina Hipp will spearhead this endeavor. Interested students will be able to work in the gardens in the summer – planting and maintaining as we learn. We will also visit and work at Heron Berry Hill Farm (Meg’s Farm). We will harvest what we grow to utilize in our cooking program throughout the school year. In addition to growing our own herbs, many different vegetables, we are also planning to preserve green beans and with lots of tomatoes – make our own Spaghetti Sauce!

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