Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
Drexel Avenue School held a Farmer’s Market on Oct. 23, where students and staff were able to enjoy a fun day learning about nutrition and financial literacy. The event was a follow-up to the school’s kick-off assembly program in September — “Healthy Foods = Happy Hearts,” which was an introduction to Drexel Avenue’s new health initiative where a different food group is highlighted each month. The new initiative was made possible by a grant awarded to the school by the organization, Action for Healthy Kids.
The Farmer’s Market was made possible thanks to a grant from Capital One Bank. The day before the market, Capital One volunteers visited each classroom and presented a lesson on making healthy food choices based on a budget, writing a check and keeping a check register. The volunteers, assisted by the classroom teachers, showed the children a menu of healthy foods from each of the food groups. The children chose one food from each group and computed the amount of their purchase. They then wrote a check in that amount.
On the day of the market, several stations were set along on the school’s walking trail. “Drexelites” visited three stations dealing with fitness and literacy. The fitness stations included yoga and cardio-blast. The literacy stations featured volunteers reading books to children about nutrition, and financial literacy.
Students also went on a shopping extravaganza. They visited the food station, which consisted of five tables featuring items from the five food groups. The final station was the checkout counter. The children “shopped” for healthy food items and then wrote checks for their purchases. As the children left the Farmer’s Market, they received a bag filled with a food item from each of the food groups. The exciting day exemplified Drexel’s motto, “At Drexel We Get
Smart, Have Heart, and Stay Fit.” The students learned about financial literacy, had a chance to exercise, and built upon their knowledge of the food plate. The collaboration between Drexel Avenue School, Capital One Bank and Action for
Healthy Kids has been great and allowed for many opportunities. The entire school community expressed to them for their generosity and enthusiasm.
-From Drexel Avenue School