FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health

FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health


Itโ€™s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow for Kidsโ€™ Day at Market! Bring your kiddos out to move & have fun, pick up some free books to read, & meet new friends with FRESH & Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation- WARF!
Thank you to all those who came out to support our local farmers, food makers, & artisans today! You allow us to do what we love & we are all so grateful to be a part of this community. Big thanks to Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation- WARF & FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health for bringing the fun for Kidsโ€™ Day!
Much appreciation to Rob from Town of Warrenton, Community Development for helping the market run smoothly & safely ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
Stop by and see us and FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health at the Warrenton Farmers Market this morning
Warrenton Hobby Shoppe is coming with an RC Car demo to the first Holiday Market this Saturday, 12/4! Come meet them if you havenโ€™t yet, theyโ€™ll also have a booth set up with some of their favorite things ๐Ÿ™‚
Theyโ€™re the perfect guest to have for Decemberโ€™s Kidsโ€™ Day as theyโ€™ll add to the fun that FRESH & WARF have planned ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿ

See you this morning for October Kidsโ€™ Day! Itโ€™s going to be a beautiful one ๐Ÿ™‚ Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s happening:
-Scavenger hunt with FRESH & free pumpkins for the first 100 kids to complete it at the Seventh Heaven Farms trailer
-Make a block printed, fall themed tea towel with Foxley Atelier
-Foxley Atelier Student Art Show
-Story time with Read With Carylee at the Erin's Elderberries tent

Thank you to our generous sponsors at Country Chevrolet for helping to make our market a place for community to come together!

We had so much fun seeing all of our mini market guests playing & being creative yesterday. We hope you enjoyed your time with Foxley Atelier & FRESH making art, meeting new friends, & making memories!

Thank you to our partners who come out to help make Market a place for community to gather ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
Come see FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health to see if you can stack the hoops! You can also pick up your scavenger hunt (thereโ€™s a prize for completing it), & a free book!
Iโ€™ve always said the our community is amazing and it showed throughout the pandemic. We can accomplish so much when we work together! Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s happening this week in Warrenton, Virginia.

Monday, July 5th

Town of Warrenton, VA - Government offices are closed, no refuse service

Tuesday, July 6th

5pm Board of Zoning Appeals

- BZA 2021-377, Boundary Lane Fence Variance

Wednesday, July 7th

10am FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health on Wheels at the Warrenton Community Center

Friday, July 9th

Main Street open to pedestrians Friday and Saturday evenings for dining, drinking and dancing

Saturday, July 10th

8am - 12pm Warrenton Farmers Market

7pm Allegro Community School of the Arts Summer on the Green with Silver Tones Swing Band
Starstead Farm FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health
FISH at FRESH was great fun this past week! Doing our part to ensure children have access to the food they need during summer break!
Our first week at FRESH events was a great success! 122 Power Packs were distributed to supplement Grab & Go food provided by FCPS1's school nutrition team. ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜ The fun continues this week!
Fauquier FISH is excited to partner with FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health this summer! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ Beginning next week, Weekend Power Packs will be available to families at each of FRESH's community events. These events take place during daytime and evening hours across the county - ensuring our 'neighbors in need' can access services as conveniently as possible!

If you, or anyone you know, could use some extra food assistance this summer, please reach out. We're here to help! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Creating a culture of health and wellness for our students, staff, and community.

Operating as usual

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 03/17/2023

is honored to provide free books for students' homes and teachers' classrooms. We've been busy hosting Pop-Up Book Shops all across the county. Even our older students are getting in on the action! Check out this week's display at Southeastern!


๐Ÿ“ฃ๐๐ข๐  ๐€๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐จ๐จ๐ง! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

โœจ Can you use these clues to figure out what it might be!?
โœจ Drop your guess in the comments for a chance to win a prize!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 03/14/2023

Overheard in the cafeteria: "๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ญ๐‘น๐‘ฌ๐‘บ๐‘ฏ ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’”๐’ ๐’…๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’”!!" ~ Elementary Teacher

Even school staff love a FRESH Tasting event!
Such a fun way to expose students to healthy, nutritious ingredients. ๐Ÿ˜‹


Has your child checked out the book of the month yet? Available at all Fauquier elementary & public libraries, 'Why Not You?' offers children inspiration to dream big, work hard, and build self confidence. Scan our QR code inside the front cover to access additional story-related resources!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 03/10/2023

Shout out to RES (Resource Environmental Services). Their Warrenton office collected over 120 books for donation to our program!

We can't wait to offer these books for FREE to children across Fauquier during our upcoming Spring & Summer events!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 03/08/2023

It's National School Breakfast Week and FRESH is excited to partner with School Nutrition to bring Spinach Frittata to cafeterias across Fauquier. We are hosting taste-tests all week long. Check out the recipe below and give it a try!


Yesterday, brought our 'Pop-Up Book Shop' to W.G. Coleman Elementary! As anyone who loves reading knows, the 'search' for the perfect book is half the fun! Students were thrilled to find a favorite among our wide selection.

Special thanks to McKay Used Books and so many other donors in the community for continuing to donate books that children are excited to read!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 03/02/2023

It's National Day, and FRESH invites you to join us in celebrating:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Read as a family!! Visit your local library, check out a book selection (, and use the QR code inside the book to access fun, interactive lessons.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Read outside!! Head over to Brumfield and visit March's new StoryWalk tale, 'He Came with the Couch!'

Drop a comment below and share how you're celebrating literacy today!


Can you spare just a minute?
We'd like to teach you all about Spinach!
It's March's 'Harvest of the Month'
This versatile veggie packs a nutritional punch!
Just press play on the video below...
To watch and see how spinach grows!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/25/2023

This week, FRESH hosted our first (of many!) 'pop-up' shops at Brumfield and Grace Miller - bringing teachers a wide selection of free books to '๐‘๐ž๐…๐‘๐„๐’๐‡' classroom libraries.

We are so thankful to educators across the county who are working hard to foster a love of reading within our students.

James G. BrumfieldElementary
Grace MillerElementary

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/24/2023

On this 80 degree February day, these pics are giving us all the summer feels.

Here at FRESH we're excited for another summer filled with family-friendly activities, community partnerships, and free books & produce. Stay tuned for more details!


Shout out to Marshall Community Center Manager, Michelle - FRESH's newest contest winner! Sign up for our monthly newsletter for your chance to win!


We are busy working with our community partners to plan another amazing event!! ๐ŸŽ‰

โœ…Mark the date on your calendar. More details coming soon!


PATH Foundation is still looking for college students interested in applying for their summer internship program! A great way to gain professional experience while working with some wonderful organizations!

Visit for more information!

Pretzel Arms MS 02/15/2023

Pretzel Arms MS

Pretzel Arms is a fan favorite among our Calming & Refocusing strategies. From young children to adults, this motion, paired with slow, deep breathing helps relax the mind and body. Check out the video below and incorporate this simple, yet effective strategy into your day.

Pretzel Arms MS

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/10/2023

FRESH's Parmesan Bacon Kale tasting was a HUGE success!!

Overheard in the cafeteria:
โžก๏ธ "This is the best ever!"
โžก๏ธ "This is Awesome!"
โžก๏ธ "Can I have more!?"

A huge shoutout to Claude Thompson's cafeteria staff who have already been including this nutrient-rich vegetable on the lunch menu! Exposure goes such a long way in helping children feel confident enough to try new foods. Way to go Fauquier School Nutrition!


is all about incorporating more movement in a child's day! One of the greatest validations of our work is to hear teachers share their success stories. Visit the section of our website for creative ways to get your students moving throughout the day!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/07/2023

What happens to a story once it's retired from FRESH's outdoor StoryWalk at Brumfield? It becomes a portable StoryWalk and visits elementary schools across Fauquier! These storyboards, placed around a classroom or school, are a great way to incorporate movement into a young reader's day!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/03/2023

๐ŸŒŸNew Story Walk Alert๐ŸŒŸ

Don't let the winter doldrums get you down! Head on over to Brumfield and follow a group of woodland critters as they use a lonesome mitten to stay warm and cozy. And when you're ready for another adventure, the Greenway has children's-favorite, Pout Pout Fish on display! Grab those jackets and scarves and get to moving & reading!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 02/01/2023

Want your 'eat more veggies' resolution to prevail?
Don't be scared, try some Kale!๐Ÿฅฌ

Stay tuned as we visit Claude Thompson Elementary this week to taste-test our Parmesan Bacon Kale recipe!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/31/2023

For the second year in a row, FRESH has been awarded funding through the Virginia Department of Educationโ€™s (VDOE) โ€˜Active Learning Grantโ€™!

Last year, we partnered with teachers across the county to develop a package of Calming & Refocusing strategies. This year, we are bringing Brain Boost exercises to classrooms.

Just one of the many ways is committed to creating more opportunities for movement throughout our students' day!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/26/2023

Shout out to Mrs. Martella's Spanish Language class at Seton School of Manassas for translating FRESH materials. Their hard work helps make our programming more accessible to all Fauquier families!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/23/2023

Congratulations to Lyndsay for winning a copy of the book for February, The Little Wooden Robot & The Log Princess!

To be entered in next month's drawing, sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date on all things FRESH as well as family-friendly events across the county.

Sign up at:


If you haven't tried roasted sweet potatoes, you're missing out! Follow along for a delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe. ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ 


Since 2018, FRESH has received ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ,๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐๐จ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ!!

We want to thank all of the families, businesses, and community groups that have donated to our programming! Reading is one of the most important gifts that we can give our children.

As noted by famous author Stephen King, "๐ต๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ˆ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘ƒ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘–๐‘." Thank you for helping us share this magic with children in our community!


So many of us have trouble finding time to exercise. We're busy running around and jumping from one task to the other trying to get it all done. Exercise becomes one more thing to the 'to-do' list. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ, ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ '๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž' ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ '๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ' ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐š๐ฒ?

FRESH can help you change your perspective on movement! The resources listed below offer a variety of ways to experience the benefits of increased movement in accessible and engaging ways.

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Need a gentler approach to movement? Try our Calming & Refocusing strategies:

๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ Want to include your kiddos? Check out these fun family-friendly ideas:

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Looking to really get your heart rate up? Our virtual Boot Camp & Hip Hop classes are a great choice! &

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/12/2023

โœจ๐Ÿ’ฅ Big Announcement! ๐Ÿ’ฅโœจ

We are working with School Nutrition to 'FRESH-en' up the kitchen at Southeastern Alternative School!

What does this mean!?
๐Ÿฅ— Improved nutrition for our students at SAS
๐Ÿ“ Dedicated kitchen space so FRESH can create more opportunities for healthy eating across Fauquier County Public Schools

Check out the sneak peek below, including new outdoor fridge & freezer! More to come soon!


January's FRESH Harvest of the Month is everyone's favorite 'sweet' root vegetable! ๐Ÿ  Roast 'em, Mash 'em, or Bake 'em! This versatile veggie pairs nicely with so many different toppings. Our favorites include:

๐Ÿ‘‰ fresh herbs & sour cream
๐Ÿ‘‰ cinnamon & brown sugar, or
๐Ÿ‘‰ pecans & bacon!

Try one of these pairings or set them all out and create your own Sweet Potato bar! ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ˜‹

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/09/2023

Last week, FRESH partnered with the New Educator Support Team to provide our newest teachers with free books to help build their classroom libraries! With hundreds of titles to choose from, teachers were able to select options to meet a wide range of reading abilities. We are honored to support these individuals and wish them the best of luck finishing out their first school year!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/06/2023

Congratulations to our December Newsletter contest winners - Kristy Gillespie from Brumfield and Christine Mueller! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘

Stay updated on all the FRESH fun by signing up to receive a copy in your inbox each month and be entered for a chance to win a FRESH Reads Elementary book! ๐Ÿ“–


Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 01/04/2023

What is FRESH's Story Walk all about? Located at Brumfield Elementary, each month we update 15 storyboards with the pages of a children's book. Begin at the front of the school (near the cute 'little free library') and end near the bus loop! Once you finish reading, stay and play on the playground, swings, or bring a basketball to shoot hoops! A great way to spend quality family time outdoors.


๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข ๐‘จ๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐…๐‚๐๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’‡๐’‡, & ๐…๐š๐ฎ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ž๐ซ ๐‘ช๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’š ๐‘ฌ๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’๐’š๐’†๐’†๐’”!! ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข

Hoping to find more time to exercise in the new year? Don't forget about your access to FREE virtual fitness classes from Old Town Athletic Campus! With early morning, daytime, and evening live-streamed classes, you can achieve your new year's resolution from the comfort of your own home!

Email us at [email protected] to receive your access password!


Looking for a free family-friendly activity? Come take a Storywalk! Skip, hop or jump your way in between a series of storyboards, featuring the pages of a new book each month! A fun way to get outside while practicing reading skills over winter break.

Visit Storywalks at James G. BrumfieldElementary and the Warrenton Branch Greenway!


Stuck indoors today? Everyone starting to go stir crazy? Grab some dice and give this 'indoor friendly' fitness activity a try! Think of your own movements to pair with each number on the die, or use our interactive slideshow:

With excitement levels at an all time high, this is a great way to help kids have fun while burning off some energy!


Our work at FRESH wouldn't be possible without the many wonderful teachers, staff, administrators, county employees, and community partners that support us. We want to wish each of you a wonderful winter break. We can't wait to continue our work together in 2023!

Photos from FRESH - Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health's post 12/17/2022

How about a challenge this winter break!! Send us a photo of you and your family giving one of our recipes a try and be entered for a chance to win a prize!!

Check out our full offering of recipes at:


Searching for last minute gift ideas? has you covered! Our website offers a thoughtfully curated list of Elementary & Middle school books for readers of all ages and abilities. Check out our full list of selections at: and then visit your favorite local bookstore this holiday season!


It's and we'd love for you to give one of our favorite Calming & Refocusing strategies a try. This one is great for creating a thoughtful moment, helping to fall asleep, or slowing down a busy mind. We hope you enjoy!


Winter Break is Coming! With students out of school for 18 days, FRESH and the Fauquier County Public Library are here to help you avoid cabin fever! Grab those coats, scarves, hats, and gloves and head on out to this month's story walks at James G. BrumfieldElementary and the Warrenton Branch Greenway!


๐Ÿ“ฃContest Alert!๐Ÿ“ฃ
December is just days away and so is our monthly newsletter! Sign up to receive a copy and be entered for a chance to win the book of the month! A perfect story to give as a gift to someone you love this holiday season.

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Sweet potatoes are What's FRESH for January! Jerry Hull โ€œdigsโ€ this tasty vegetable so much that he wrote a song about i...




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