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Tropical Taste Test 2016

Stephanie Werner,   Bloom Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Our team at Bloom Elementary hosted a taste test of pineapple and watermelon for our students. Our health ambassadors, parents and teachers came out to help teach students about these healthy choices. Students enjoyed tasting these fruits, some for the first time. They were particularly passionate about the winning fruit, pineapple!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Adults and students manned the tasting center and split up the jobs of photographer, voting monitor, line monitor, food prep and server.

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

We are excited about next years ideas for the taste test. On election day we will test blueberry, strawberry and vanilla yogurts (representing red, white and blue). For Cinco de Mayo we will have a salsa taste off of different salsas made by our students in the upper grade levels. During the holidays I'd like to represent grains by having a taste test of breads from different cultures.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Watching students learn what pineapple is was a very rewarding experience. Some students said they did not like certain fruits but still wanted to try it to make sure (how cool!). It was fun to see how excited students were about the fruit. We could hear students cheering for the winning fruit down the hall in the office when we made the announcement. Students excitement over healthy foods will help them try new foods and bring healthier snacks to school.