School CAFE, a student-led healthy food initiative, has now become an official fiscally sponsored project of  the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. School CAFE (standing for Culinary Action For Education)  was formed and approved by the Mount Shasta Union School District Board in response to a presentation by student Maya Rawitch.

It is a taskforce/Superintendent’s Committee composed of students, MSUSD board members, parents, and adults, with the vision of providing nutritious (local, organic when possible, minimally processed) and delicious school meals for Mount Shasta Elementary School and Sisson School. Its vision is to build a new kitchen at either Sisson or the elementary school, which is an estimated $450K project. The fiscal sponsorship allows the group to efficiently keep track of the money raised to support this cause.

Also, the group seeks to create mindfulness in students, parents and educators about the benefits of a healthy diet at school (and beyond) through activities including school gardens, composting and recycling, offering free nutritious snacks, and organizing community events where families can learn from each other and hear Farm To School movement guest speakers on the benefits of sourcing fresh, local and organic foods.

School CAFE needs volunteers (youth and adults alike). Interested people may attend meetings on the last Thursday of every month from 4-5 p.m. at the MSUSD board room at Sisson School. To donate or keep track of School CAFE’s progress you can visit and/or

Core members of the taskforce include Maya Rawitch (a student and passionate healthy eater), Ella Rawitch (also a student); advisors Mary Saint-Marie (a grandparent and educator, writer, and artist), Wayne Kessler, Laurel Kessler,  and Mariah McPherson;  Barry Barnhart (MSUSD superintendent and principal of Mount Shasta Elementary School) and MSUSD board members Kay Scovill and Chris Marrone.

MSUSD Superintendent Barry Barnhart congratulates student Maya Rawitch on the creation of the School CAFE program.

Use the PayPal button below to make a donation through the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, which will be automatically credited to the School CAFE program’s funds.

Every donation counts!