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Students Eat Healthier When They Grow Their Own

Connie Kinder,   H E White Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods,  Teamwork
Students Eat Healthier When They Grow Their Own

Plants have been planted in the school garden for fall (six types of lettuce and two types of kale). All students Pre-K to 5th participated in the planting. These plants, when harvested, will be used in the school hot lunch program. Hopefully we will be harvesting lettuce in early December and kale in January/February. We had visitors at the school one day this week and even the 1st graders were telling them about the red romaine and dinosaur kale they had planted and about how they were going to eat kale chips when we harvest. Teachers are in the process of planning spring planting.

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

Students planted lettuce and kale for fall and are planning additional crops to eat in lunch program for spring. They are making healthier choices and trying different things as a result of growing their own.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers work side by side in planning, planting, and harvesting crops. The lunch lady prepares the food. The community is involved in making this a success.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are making healthier choices and try new vegetables more quickly when it is something they grew. They are excited about the garden they plant and care for.