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Farm to Table at Western Hills Elementary School

Nicholas Allman,   Western Hills Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Students took time out of their days to discuss the process of getting food from our local farms to their lunch/dinner plates. Students learned how their food grows along with the benefits of those foods to their body. Milk, for instance, was the best for our younger students to learn the process along with learning the benefits of drinking milk to get their daily calcium to help build their bones!

How did you accomplish your goals?

Students made posters about making healthy choices in what they put in their bodies. Students colored 25-30 posters and placed them throughout the school to remind students which foods help fuel their body for success along with what foods slow their body down.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students sometimes do not finish their milk. The head custodian and I would be awed with the amount of milk that was wasted every day by our students. We would fill 3/4 or more of a 5 gallon bucket. Through the process of this year we have seen a decrease in milk being poured out by students and more students finishing their milks!! Some students have made the choice to drink water rather than milk but still helping decrease the waste.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Our school is in a transitional building as our new school is getting built. We weren't able to try and meet before or after school which made it hard to find time that didn't take away from students' learning time. We had to make special time here and there along with using their lunch time to spend eating and making posters for our students to see in the gymnasium and the hallways. Students were very flexible with their time along with their teachers in order to make this a success.