As part of a “Pathway to the Plate and Beyond” expedition at King Middle School, the seventh grade Moosehead team collaborated with Side x Side teaching artist, Laurie Downey, on a mural which asks the expedition’s essential question, “How can King Middle School reduce its food waste?” Using project journals to gather written and visual information, students conducted research on how we grow and transport food during field trips to grocery stores, farms, and eateries. They met with local organizations involved in food security, composting, and community gardens to follow food beyond the plate, and also conducted an extensive study of plate waste at their school. Each student contributed by transferring the story, drawings, and text onto the mural panels, resulting in an informative art piece addressing our food systems, consumption, and waste.
This program was made possible by Side x Side Inc., teaching artist Laurie Downey, and the dedicated educators at King Middle School. It was funded through generous grants from the Lennox, Horizon, and Cabin Foundations.