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by Beth Che
Let’s Talk About Fresh Snacks What fruit did Homer (the poet, not Bart’s dad) call “the gift of the gods”? What fruit invaded Europe alongside the Roman armies? What savory fruit goes by the names Sun Gold, Black Cherry, and Snow White? Questions like these are part of Fresh Talk Snacks, a program that introduces Burnley-Moran Elementary School students to new fruits and vegetables. On Thursdays, the schoolwide announcements include a trivia question about the day’s mystery
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snack. Meanwhile, the kitchen staff prepares bowls full of the fresh fruit or veggie, which PTO volunteers deliver to classrooms. When children receive their snack, they are asked to observe, smell and taste what they’ve been given. All snacks are fresh, seasonal and local. The Burnley-Moran PTO created the project in collaboration with the Charlottesville City Schools, the Burnley-Moran kitchen and the Local Food Hub, a Charlottesville nonprofit that connects “families, farms, and food grown close to home.” PTO member Kate Bennis heads up the program. “We wanted every child to experience new fruits and vegetables and awaken their taste buds to the most vital and healthy foods,” Bennis explains. “Now that Burnley-Moran has a thriving garden program, the kids will have the chance to pull a real carrot out of the earth and learn that carrots do not come peeled and in small plastic bags.” The program features new foods as well as local varieties of familiar favorites, such as seeded grapes and white peaches. “The first week we had the ripest, most delicious white peaches. Some kids wouldn’t eat them because they had never seen the red part around the pit. More education needed!” she laughs. “This program clearly makes more work for the kitchen staff who help prep every Thursday and for the teachers who serve the kids and send back the bowls and tongs,” Bennis acknowledges. But, she says, “I have not had one complaint, only thanks! As I walk through the halls, wheeling the
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bowl-laden, squeaky aluminum cart, the kids follow along trying to peek in and see if
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they guessed the answer to trivia question correctly!”
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Art used with permission—from a 1st Grade Charlottesville Waldorf student’s main lesson notebook.
At the Charlottesville Waldorf School knowledge doesn't come from an SOL mandate. It begins by nurturing a child's desire to learn. Beginning in our Preschool classrooms, the foundations for academics, a life-long love of learning, and a genuine appreciation of the natural world are achieved with a play-based curriculum in a home-like setting.
Any school can teach to a test, but in our Elementary and Middle School classes we teach the whole child, cultivating complete individuals. As well as learning the three R’s and immersing themselves in history, science and foreign language, all of our students plant, paint, sing, sew and sculpt. They play in orchestra. They are encouraged to ask “Why?” not just “Who?”, “When?”, “Where?”, and “How Much?”
Isn’t that the kind of education you want for your child? Half and Full Day preschool programs available, with extended day options. Enrolling now for all grades. Tours available by appointment. For more information visit: www.cwaldorf.org or contact our Enrollment Director at: 434-973-4946 x102 to schedule your tour today! CharlottesvilleFamily.com
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