First Posted: 10/29/2009
Promoting a healthy, active lifestyle is a priority for every school.
With the help of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Fresh Fruit and Veggies grant, White Plains Elementary is able to make being healthy and active more fun and exciting for students.
Part of that is hosting a fit and fun day, which the school did on Thursday. Instead of having a traditional fall carnival with games and prizes, the school sponsors activities throughout the day designed to get the students interested in being healthy and active.
Its based around health and nutrition and whats grown on our local farms, said Principal Sandra Scott of the grant program and the day. Authentic learning is the way kids learn best.
Throughout the day, the students rotated through a number of stations in small groups where they learned about farming, apples, bees and healthy activities.
In the schools gymnasium, there were stations set up that allowed them to play on a Wii Fit, learn about pumpkins, try different fruits including cranberries courtesy of Lowes Food and learn about body mass index.
Every student also went home with their very own sweet potato, a list of nutritional facts and recipe for sweet potato fries.
As part of the Reading is Fundamental program, each student at the school also received a free book.
On the grounds of the school, the students moved through stations about bees, learning that all of the worker bees are females while the males are called drones. There is also a queen bee who oversees the entire hive and is the mother of all of the other bees.
They got the chance to watch three ponies and learn about what it takes to ride, how a tractor helps around the farm and some of the basics of farming. They even had the chance to sit in a trailer full of hay.
Students also learned about apples at a couple of different stations. One of the most amazing facts they learned is that apples are natural toothbrushes. The fibers in the apple work like a toothbrush as they are chewed.
Foster Caviness, who supplies fruits and vegetables to the school system, was on hand giving out apple slices and samples of apple cider. The apples came from North Carolina while the cider came from Virginia. Caviness tries to buy as much local produce as possible.
The students enjoyed a picnic lunch outside, sitting on the grounds, sidewalks and hay bales before heading inside to take part in a Zumba lesson with Sonia Dickerson, teacher quality coordinator with Surry County Schools.
Through the grant and the help of the schools Parent Teacher Organization, every student and teacher at the school also got a T-shirt which was designed by Becky and Lauren Henderson and Chase Brintle. The shirts were color coded by grade in red, orange, purple, yellow, blue and green.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.