GROWING HEALTHY SCHOOLS WEEK (October 15-20)
“Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of schoolchildren in the District of Columbia, and of our local environment and food economy, by increasing access to healthy, local, sustainable foods in all Washington, DC schools; and to connect DC schoolchildren with where their food comes from.”
Maple Ave had the opportunity to partner with DC Farms to School Network to celebrate Growing Healthy Schools Week. We were partnered with Mrs. C’s 4th grade class at John Eaton Elementary School. We were thrilled to be able to talk and teach about the importance of local sustainable food. But, we (Tim and I) were the ones that ended up learning so much more from these wonderful group of kids. We learned that it just takes a bit of time to explain the importance of local resources for the kids to embrace it.
We cooked our butternut squash soup. We weren’t too sure that they would like it but once we got to the Q&A part, a little girl raised her hand and asked if she could have seconds of the soup and so we asked who else wanted seconds, we saw about 1/2 the room with their arms up in the air. It was great to see that!
So far we have done chef demos at James Madison High School, McLean High School and John Eaton Elementary. We look forward to more partnerships with school districts in our area.