Stevensville, Mich. Lunch is a popular time of day for school kids. But at Hollywood Elementary in Stevensville, the snacks are pretty awesome too.
They are learning about fruits and vegetables by giving them a try, and now thanks to Martin's Supermarkets, they'll be able to expand their selection.
Martin's also helps provide classroom lessons on preparation and healthy eating. This program is helping change kids' minds on their favorite snacks.
At Hollywood Elementary, there's an apple for the teachers and the kids too. But they don't stop there.
“Today we have a variety of apples bananas and clementine’s just to kind of kick things off,” says teacher Pam McLean.
“We get to try new fruits and I like to try new stuff,” says 2nd grader Blake Bacon.
There's new stuff once a week for these second graders, as part of lesson plan called From Plant to Plate.
“We're talking about a different fruit or vegetable every week for 70 students in our second grade,” explains McLean. “They get to try a lot of things that they wouldn't try otherwise. They're excited about trying star fruit, and most of all papaya.”
“I really want to try a papaya, because I never tried a papaya and I want to see what it tastes like,” says 2nd grader Mia Norbey.
All that food can get expensive, that's why they're thrilled to work with Martin's Supermarkets, and win the grant money.
Martin’s will also help out from time to time with teaching preparation and nutrition lessons.
“We'll be working with Martin's Supermarkets they said we could pick things out or they could help us with things that are in season,” explains McLean.
It's changing kids’ minds, or at least their taste buds. Jackson was one of her students last year.
“We had fruit salad last year, and I asked Mrs. McLean what the green stuff was and she said just try it,” says 2nd grader Jackson Bushu. “It was really good and she said it was honeydew. And when I got home, I begged my mom to buy some for me.”
The kids are now making better choices thanks to this second grade lesson.
So what happens to all of the apple cores and peelings? Well they compost it at the school and use the material to enrich the soil at their vegetable garden.
You can nominate your school for a One School at a Time Grant.
The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin's Supermarket, and a new winner is picked each month.
Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to michianaschools.com.