Highville Charter School

The District

The School(s)

  • Highville Charter School

    Age Group: K-5, 6-8
    School Size: Medium (301-900)
    School Environment: Suburban
    School F/R: 78%
    School ADP: 100%

The Project

  • Project Description

    International Flair Has Students Trying New Things

    Highville Charter School transformed each classroom into a different country for their tasting day. Students got to "visit" each country and try foods associated with that country. While "visiting", the classroom teacher presented a lesson or story about that country, and the importance of the particular food. 

    During the grant period, all of Highville Charter School’s students eat school meals together in the cafeteria for both breakfast and lunch. The tasting day allowed staff to poll students on which foods they enjoyed the most. They then were able to add the favorites to the lunch menu for students to continue to enjoy throughout the year. New selections included an artichoke and spinach dip with baby carrots, hummus with zucchini and pepper strips, and smoothies.

    Nicole Grant, Food Service Director, applauds the involvement of teachers and administration: “The administrators attended several of the fair periods and showed enthusiasm over the vibrant healthy offerings and applauded the students for trying new things. The teachers were an integral part of the fairs in delivering the global themed instructional content of the various tastings.”

  • Successes
    • The school was able to add three, new, healthy foods to their menus.
    • Students were very willing to try new fruits and vegetables and only a small handful did not participate in the tastings.  
  • Challenges
    • The school had to rethink their original plan due to a limited time schedule after snow days and testing periods.
    • Highville Charter School found it difficult to get unique fruits and vegetables for students to try from their food supplier and had limited flexibility to buy outside of that supplier. 

The Resources

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