Thanks to a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant from the US Department of Agriculture, students enjoyed free fruits and vegetables throughout the week, especially on “Wheelbarrow Wednesdays” when wheelbarrows filled with fruit, ripe for the taking, were rolled into the school’s hallways.
One class of second graders channeled their enthusiasm for healthy snacks into a unique project incorporating lessons in geography, nutrition, writing and publishing. Students researched the nutritional value and place of origin of their fruits and vegetables, wrote their impressions of each food, created drawings of the produce and worked to compile and edit each submission. Working with their teacher and the school district’s Nutrition Supervisor, the class secured a publisher for their book, which can be found in the school library as well as on Amazon.com.
This project earned West Seaford Elementary an Edith P. Vincent Healthy Schools Award from the Nemours Health and Prevention Services. In the end, the book is more than a great story – it is a lesson in healthy eating that these students will carry through adulthood.