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                                                                 POP- Power of Produce Club
The Bedford Area Farmers Market is introducing a new free kid's programs: Power of Produce or the POP club.  This has been around since 2011 and is growing over the nation.
-Each child participating will will receive a $2.00 market token to be spent by the kids on fresh produce.  Kids will receive their token once per market.  They can choose to spend it on their own $2.00 selection of fresh, locally grown produce, or save their token for a future market.
-The goal of the POP Club is to empower children to explore the farmers market and learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning how food is grown by connecting with farmers.  
-Starting this July 2018, children ages 4-10 are invited to visit the farmers market and join the POP Club.  Registration and check-in will be located at the designated POP Club desk at the market.  Questions about the program can be addressed to Laura Jones.  
-The farmers market is held during the month of July on Thursdays from 4-6pm at Bibbin's Park here in Bedford.  Hope to see you there!! 








Red Brick Run May 19, 2018

May 4, 2018:  Ag Safety Day here at Bedford Community school.  Ms. Sunderman's class had a great booth set up with Microgreens.  They grew carrots, rhubarb, dill, mustard, broccoli, mint and celery.  Our students got a chance to have a taste testing!!  



May 2018:  Mrs. Johnson's Kindergarten class is learning about plants.  They are studying  how seeds/plants grow and have planted watermelon, green beans, peas and cucumbers.  The are going to compare how quickly they grow and what they look like.  The kids will get to take their planted seeds home and they will be ready later this summer.  
2017-2018-Activities 

-Elementary School Dance Off-12/2017 and we are planning the next one for 5/2018 (see photos below)








-Spring Elementary Dance off took place on 5/16/18 and it was a huge success!!  The kids had a great time and it was wonderful to watch them strut their stuff!!  These dance off's help promote Brain Breaks in the classroom.  Here's to keeping our kids happy, healthy and active!!! 




-Hand washing/Germ lesson for 1st grade students


-Dental Health Education for 1st grade students 



-Students from 3rd-12th grade received Flu Shots here with TCPH and Bedford Drug 


-Eat The Rainbow has started for the first time in the elementary.  It promotes fruit and vegetables being added and teaches students about the benefits of the different colors for health (photos and write up on website homepage and Bedford Community Facebook page)   Mrs. Churchill's 1st grade class has also been studying Eat the Rainbow and on their bulletin board posted facts about different fruits and vegetables




-Brain Breaks are being done in the classrooms to promote learning.  Teachers are using GoNoodle, Wii Dance, going on walks.  We promote stretches in the classrooms. (see photos below)





-Students are bringing water bottles to school and using our new fill station in the commons





-Leadership groups in the elementary area also helping promote health/wellness.  The group Buff Bulldogs go around to classrooms and speak about healthy habits/tips and do activities during the monthly Leadership Assemblies. 





Illness Information:


Tips for colds and coughs:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep mucous thinned.

  • Drink warm broth or tea to sooth your throat.

  • Honey (over the age of 1) can help coughs and sore throats.

  • Keep track of your child’s symptoms on a calendar.  Note when they start a runny nose, cough, sore throat, what their temperature is, etc.  This information is helpful to share with their provider if they are seen. Also let them know of any medicines that have been given.


When to see a doctor:

  • If the cough lasts more than 2 weeks or a cough results in vomiting.

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"

  • Coughing up thick green or yellow phlegm

  • Wheezing or a rice-crispy feel or sound

  • Fever higher than 101 F or a fever that lasts over 3 days

  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever

  • Night sweats

  • If you are ill, get better, then ill again in a short amount of time.

  • Severe sore throat with white/pus seen in the back of the throat.

  • You have other concerns you feel need evaluated.

Seek emergency care if:

  • Your child is having trouble breathing.

  • A fever with a severe headache, stiff neck, seizure, or repeated vomiting.

  • Signs or symptoms of dehydration after vomiting/diarrhea (especially if accompanied by fever):  decreased urination, dry mouth and eyes, no tears, unusually sleepy or lethargic, skin that does not return to flat when pinched.


These are tips and suggestions.  You should always consult your primary care provider with concerns you have and follow the provider’s advice.  


Reminder:  Children should be free from fever, diarrhea, and fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.  Thank you! If you have any questions or concerns about your child's wellbeing or health, please give me a call! 712-523-2117



The Elementary Leadership group the BUFF BULLDOGS promote health and wellness. During the Assembly on 4/12/18 they gave information about the importance of brain-breaks in the classrooms and did a little dance with the students.







Raising awareness for our fellow students-KCNQ2 Awareness -Wearing our Purple. March 8, 2018