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Healthy Pizzas at Lake Elementary

Kristine Harmsma,   Robert E Lake Elementary
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Healthy Pizzas at Lake Elementary
Students in the Garden Club and Playground Posse made, ate and shared healthy pizzas using lowfat cheese and toppings from the school garden. Playground Posse students (student leadership team) did the healthy pizza mini lesson on the FUTP 60 website. They each chose a fact to present to the rest of the students when making the pizzas. At Garden Club, Farmer Tom helped students harvest basil, tomatoes and peppers from the school garden. Students made their own healthy pizzas to eat. While pizzas baked, the Playground Posse students presented their facts about how pizza can be a healthy meal. Students ate their pizzas and shared another one with another student or staff member.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together as a team to research nutrition facts for healthy pizzas. They also worked together to harvest ingredients from the garden. Farmer Tom explained which vegetables were ready to harvest and students picked them. The students put the pizzas together and the adults cooked them. Both students and adults enjoyed the pizzas!

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

In order to make this play last throughout the year we will be making other healthy recipes using ingredients from the school garden to teach students how they can grow their own foods to use in their meals and snacks, as well as teach students why those ingredients are healthy.

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

One of the challenges we faced was that our school oven caught fire when we preheated it. We had to microwave our pizzas. We are using funds from FUTP 60 to purchase a blender so that we can make more healthy recipes and teach students about using ingredients they have grown themselves.