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Growing Great/Nutrition


Classroom lessons are delivered by volunteer docents 5 times per year to all 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students at Meadows.   Growing Great’s volunteer docents teach students why and how to make healthy food choices.  Lessons are delivered at consistent intervals and build on each other, allowing students to absorb and understand what they’ve learned.

Lesson themes include:

  • Feed Your Engine – Proteins, Fats and Carbs
  • Fuel Up with Whole Close to the Source Foods
  • High Quality Fuels vs. Low Quality Fuels
  • Filling Up: What is a Serving Size
  • Label Reading
  • High Quality Breakfasts
  • Cooking with Beneficial Fats
  • Refueling with Whole Grains
  • Interpreting Your Body’s Signals
  • Kids and Advertising
  • Digestion, Helping Your Body Use Its Fuel
  • Elimination and Hydration

High quality food samples reinforce the lesson’s objectives and introduce new foods (e.g., hummus, avocado, and goat’s milk yogurt) as well as higher quality versions of common foods (e.g., sprouted whole grain toast with all-fruit spread). The students are so intrigued with tasting and handling the food that the academic lessons become the “icing on the cake.” Fun activities such as preparing foods, role-playing, food-based experiments, and projects provide students with practical tools to make better choices. This approach also encourages them to practice what they learn in their everyday lives.


Get 'em while they're hot!


Growing Great’s Harvest of the Month program introduces students to new foods that are supplied by local growers and Farmers Markets. The monthly tastings bring fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables to the Meadows cafeteria seven times per year.

The program also provides fun facts about nutritional information for each fruit and vegetable served as well as seasonal recipes. Additionally, Harvest of the Month tastings encourage students and their families to shop seasonally at their local Farmers Markets.
Our Harvest of the Month tastings include foods like:

  • Asparagus
  • Blood Oranges
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Swiss Chard

And many other mouthwatering fruits and vegetables!

To volunteer to help with the classroom lessons please contact Stephanie Mitchell.  

To help with gardening or Harvest of the Month, please contact Carrie Frankel.