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Super Super Bowl Taste Test

Joe Gallo,   Edgewood El Sch
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
Access to Healthy Foods, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Super Super Bowl Taste Test was a huge success! Our FUTP 60 Team members did it all. The team worked together to plan, promote, produce, and pull off the event.  Students met and and came up with a plan to get the word out to the students that we were having the taste test. They made posters with the two teams in the big game to promote and get kids thinking. Our student team sat with the cafe manager and worked to come up with healthy foods that would match the team colors of Super Bowl 53. They choose to come up with yellow/gold, blue, white, and red foods to represent the two teams. The next step was to make posters and come up with a taste test slip. Students participating in the event would try the four foods and then rate how much they liked the items. Our FUTP 60 team also worked the actual food distribution. The cafe staff made up trays of the food choices and placed them in small containers. Team members were stationed by two of the foods and handed them to the other students. We had adults who managed the class lists to add another layer of safety. The children were checked in and also notified if there was any food item that was connected to a student allergy. Our school has over 525 students and the team worked together to give out the food to everyone. Each child took the food back to their table and returned to vote. Voting included rating the foods and then choosing a team to support for the Super Bowl. Our voting was a bit lopsided but it was still lots of fun! Following the event, the kids tallied the team votes and the food responses which were shared with the cafe staff. We hope that more students will choose the items they tasted more often. We also asked to have one of our foods added to the weekly offerings in the cafe. Many of our students tried some of the samples for their very first time! It was SUPER!!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students worked with the cafeteria and talked about team colors and foods that might fit. They discussed quick and safe distribution. Our team also made announcements to promote the event, share results and random winners names and rooms. The Program Advisor and then principal approved the plan. Event day they worked with the lunchroom aides to keep things safe and orderly.

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

Our first was being able to agree on foods selected to be tasted during the event. All of the team members had to come to a consensus with the cafe manager. Managing schedules of the FUTP 60 team members with their classroom teachers to be able to miss classroom time in order to serve all of the lunches . Another challenge was to convince as many students as possible to try all the foods available. The team had to be salespeople to get many of the students to take all they food items.

How did you accomplish your goals?

The FUTP 60 team was great! We met before school and discussed all the details to make the Super Bowl 53 event SUPER! The student team worked on skills of creating, managing, and agreeing. Our whole school was pumped for the game and had some great foods. Some even talked about having the foods at their homes on game day!