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Giving Back and Trying New Things

Rebecca Pavlick,   Nathan Hale Elementary School
A Community Taste Test Event
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Giving Back and Trying New Things

A group of 13 fifth grade students came together and encouraged the school community to give back and donate spare change to the milk challenge. They were able to make daily announcements on the speaker systems and went from class to class with empty milk jugs, educating students, about the importance of giving to others in need and collecting money. They were able to collect over $100 for the cause. Students then attended a cooking class where they made fruit and vegetable smoothies and learned the importance of dairy, fruits and vegetables in their daily meals. Finally, the students brainstormed ways to involve the whole school community and came up with the idea of a school wide taste test. These students passed out Craisins to the whole school, which was a new food to most of the population.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were able to come together and work with a few teacher leaders to come up with ideas for the taste test. They also were able to help educate the students on different fall healthy foods.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Students have already come up with the next idea of a school wide taste test of squash and are researching facts about squash. Students are excited for their next cooking class where they will be cooking oatmeal with fresh apples.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Other students are more eager to try new foods and are excited about our next taste test. The students participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 club are extremely excited and eager to continue working on their projects.