The Savvy Path

    When Cafeteria Food IS A College Application Factor

    It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.

    The secret? Make it crave-able.

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    Thinking About Starting A School Garden?

    Soon after taking a position as Director of Food Services for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, Brendan Ryan stood in the courtyard of the high school and had an idea. It had recently come to his attention that many students had no idea where food came from; “most suburban youth have no idea how a vegetable grows!” he says.

    Ryan looked out across the nearly two-acre courtyard and envisioned a garden that would not only teach students where their food comes from but highlight the importance and deliciousness of healthy eating.

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    Rain Barrels of Fun

     

    Since water is one of our most precious resources—and certainly our most needed—it is imperative to not only be smart about our water consumption, but also reuse and repurpose our water where we can.  

    Investing in a rain barrel is a great way to repurpose rainwater in and around your home. You can use rainwater to:

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    Good Clean Fun Gift Basket

    Gifting The World To a Better Place 

    Gift baskets are all the rage these days, and why not? It’s much easier to pick a theme, purchase smaller gifts, add some basket filler and you’re done. While a great idea, it can be challenging to come up with creative baskets that haven’t been done before…or at least that haven’t been overdone. Let’s be honest, the “family movie night basket” has seen its day. Everyone is streaming movies these days, and if they aren’t, they are watching Blue Ray’s. Much more pricey.

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    Fragrance in the Classroom 1-2-3

     

    Scent is so tied to our memories. Elementary school and tempura paint. Mr. Sketch markers. Cafeteria bleach. Elmer’s glue. The super-cool student teacher’s perfume. 

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