Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HEAL students cooked for seniors in the garden!

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure to host the Lower 9th Ward Senior Douglass Learning Garden, our school garden at ARISE Academy. Given the occasion, the HEAL Project students prepared something special for the seniors who visited.

Seniors and students after the presentation
 It all started with a MyPlate presentation led by 6 HEAL students from Ms. Dorothy Parker’s 5th -6th grade class. The students presented on the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark colors.

Students presenting MyPlate to seniors
After the Myplate presentation, the students conducted a two-course healthy snack cooking demonstration. For the first course, they prepared cucumber sandwiches with “a twist”.  The students used cucumbers in place of sandwich bread to create a healthy and easy, low-carb snack. The cucumber sandwiches were filled with Swiss cheese and lean turkey, and they were finished with mustard and horseradish sauce.  

Townsend serving a cucumber sandwich to Ms.Anne
For the second course, HEAL students prepared a three-ingredient strawberry frozen yogurt treat.
After blending vanilla Greek yogurt and frozen strawberries, the students topped it off with fresh bananas for a hint of sweetness!

Students serving the strawberry frozen yogurt

Michael serving strawberry frozen yogurt 

This was definitely just the first of many other activities that will bring the two generations of elders and children together. It was beautiful to see our students take leadership of a health education demonstration with their community elders. They demonstrated mutual respect and acknowledgment of the seniors and one another during their presentation.

When asked what he liked most about the event, Michael, one of our students said, “My favorite part of the event today was serving the people.”

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