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News Archive: Del Norte Students Tantalize their Taste Buds with "Harvest of the Month"


Del Norte Students Tantalize their Taste Buds with "Harvest of the Month"   


Studies show that healthy eating and daily physical activity have a profound impact on the body and mind by improving the ability to learn and comprehend; by boosting energy, improving school attendance, improving test scores, changing attitudes, behavior, and more. Network for a Healthy California-San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools began implementing the Harvest of the Month program at Del Norte Elementary school in August for the 2011-2012 school year. Each month, students receive samples of locally grown produce to taste test. For many students, it is the first time they are given the opportunity to taste unique produce items such as kale, kiwifruit, broccoli, and grapefruit. In addition to the produce, the Network for a Healthy California provides educational materials and resources to support the produce tasting, such as standards-based student workbooks, literature books, activity sheets, and equipment to conduct recipe demonstrations in the classroom.
In March, 2012, state representatives of the Harvest of the Month program conducted a site visit at Del Norte Elementary School. The representatives observed teachers and students in almost every classroom engaged in learning about kale and swiss chard. The lessons conducted were linked to math, language arts, and science standards. Students from the Think Together afterschool program presented information about what they have learned from Harvest of the Month, and created a healthy veggie wrap for the visitors to taste. Del Norte received excellent reviews from the state, in a follow-up note, they wrote: “It was such an impressive event put on by your school! Your teachers engaged and involved the students with such passion it was truly amazing to see. Thank you again for being such a great host. This is a first site visit I will never forget.”





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Created at 4/19/2012 7:55 AM  by mossadmin2 
Last modified at 4/19/2012 7:55 AM  by mossadmin2