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Delaware Students Know that “Fresh Fruit and Veggies Rock!”

Posted on 09/15/2010

Students at West Seaford Elementary in Delaware were so inspired by healthy snacks that they published “Fresh Fruit and Veggies Rock!” – a book about the many benefits of produce.

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

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.

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  • Michelle Huffman September 16th, 2010 4:04 pm

    Congratulations to West Seaford Nutrition Services Staff for all of your hard work and dedication to the students of Seaford schools!!! Awesome job!!!

  • Nancy Mears September 16th, 2010 4:33 pm

    Way to go West Seaford! Keep up the good work by making healthy choices every day!

  • Julie Kirby September 16th, 2010 4:45 pm

    Great students! Great book! Great School! Congratulations.

  • Donna Blackburn September 16th, 2010 5:13 pm

    This was one of many FANTASTIC projects by a FANTASTIC group of dedicated professionals! Child Nutrition is ALIVE and WELLness in the Seaford School District!!!

  • Karen & Sharon Zalewski September 18th, 2010 2:54 am

    Zachary we are so proud of you & your classmates. Congratulations !!!

  • Dr. Fishburn September 19th, 2010 2:07 pm

    The students and staff at West Seaford are amazing! Thanks to Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Cunningham, and students and parents who were a part of this endeavor. I am proud to be a part of the “Winning Team” – Dr. Fishburn

  • JoAnne September 19th, 2010 9:34 pm

    WOW! Wonderful job, wonderful story, Patty C!

  • Dr. Greaves September 20th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Wow! Amazing students and staff effort! Your fresh fruit and vegetable program is really having a positive impact on our students and that is awesome. Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham, Dr. Fishburn and all of the nutrition and school staff for their efforts on our students’ behalf. We hope this project has long lasting effects on our students’ healthy eating habits!

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