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May 10, 2011 | posted in Press by seedlingprojects

US School Tries to Build Healthier Food Culture

An elementary school in Washington, D.C., has launched an innovative program to provide a more healthful food culture for its students.
In a third grade mathematics class at E.W. Stokes Public Charter School, 8- and 9-year-old students are learning a basic math concept; how to create combinations, which in this case includes items like spinach and eggplant.

“We just incorporated food into different types of combinations,” says their teacher, Hannah Chen. “Like with the pizza, they had two types of toppings that the kids can provide and figuring out the different combinations using those toppings.”

This year the school started a special program to weave food topics into its third-grade math and English curricula. Designed in partnership with Seedling Projects, a non-profit environmental group based in San Francisco, California, the program is called Farm to Desk.

Full article by June Soh of Voice of America