This year, we were awarded a FUTP 60 grant for implementing the Healthy Eating Play “Farm To School - Know Your Food”. The leadership and AVID (Advanced Placement Via Determination) students went on a field trip to Cloud Cap Dairy Farm in Boring, Oregon. Additionally, our leadership students researched and created a mobile smoothie party cart for the entire school to use as a reward for positive behavior or PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support). We had our first smoothie party for the students once they returned from the field trip to Cloud Cap Farms and it was a big hit! The wheels to the cart fell off on the way to the upper floor, but that didn’t deter the students. Needless to say, though, we did replace the wheels with some more sturdy. Now, the cart could go anywhere!.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Students with counselor Lisa Hyde, our FUTP 60 advisor, created a mobile smoothie cart. Researching the supplies needed, they presented their findings for approval before putting it together. They were responsible for making smoothies, serving, and cleaning up the cart under the supervision of leadership advisor, Ms. Hyde.
How did you accomplish your goals?
The goal was to share with students the experience of how a dairy farm works and to expand students’ knowledge about where food comes from besides a grocery store. Kids might think twice before choosing a healthy snack such as milk, yogurt, or cheese over a juice, soda, or bag of chips.
The reward of the smoothie party cart after field trip was a great way to reinforce the benefits of healthy food choices for growing teenagers
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We plan to keep the healthy eating play continuing throughout the school year and beyond by implementing the PBIS and rewarding students with the smoothie cart in classrooms for positive behavior throughout the year. In health classes, students are learning about healthy food choices and how to stay fit. Our leadership and AVID students will play an important role in continuing the success with the smoothie cart by creating school announcements to get the word out.