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Healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy learners

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University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth and Family Consortium is partnering with Bruce Vento Elementary School in Saint Paul, MN to enhance student health and learning.

[The benefits of this partnership] are endless...it's just been really powerful for our kids."
Bruce Vento Elementary School Principal Scott Masini

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  Develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success​.
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  Increase family and community access to healthy foods.
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  Build positive connections between the school and the surrounding community.

Mental Health

Family Innovations provides mental health services for over 50 children and families.


Cooking classes teach parents and children how to prepare healthy foods from the garden.

Student Learning

Working in the garden boosts collaboration and problem solving skills.

Boys playing with blocks

Check out the Bruce Vento Story Map to find out more about how this partnership developed across time.

Related Resources

Child Trauma Toolkit for EducatorsThe National Child Traumatic Stress Network — Download this toolkit in English or Spanish to understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.

There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schoolsACES Too High News — Check out this school's method for working with children who have experienced trauma.

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