This summer, we caught up with Ms. Elizabeth Francine Ivery, Foodservice Manager with Washington County Schools in Virginia. Here, foodservice is no stranger to The OrganWise Guys! During the 2010-2011 school year, the Foodservice Department introduced OWG to their schools, thanks to a collaboration with Virginia Tech Extension. Currently, the program is being run by the local United Way and it has been a great success. Check out the creative way that they brought OWG into kindergarten and first grade classrooms with this contribution from Ms. Ivery!
We are so very proud that our School Nutrition Department was able to introduce The OrganWise Program within our schools. We started in a few of our kindergarten and first grade classes and were able to expand by working with local college students.
We found that it was such a wonderful way for our elementary students to become connected to the School Nutrition Department and to learn how their food choices affect their bodies. Also, it helped show that the food our cafeterias provide really makes a difference.
I loved teaching the kindergarten students and I tried to bring their lessons to life by using their imaginations along with a few well-placed props. I especially enjoyed our “field trip” to the grocery store. We had our make believe bus along with the bus driver (he had to have a hat!) take us to the grocery store. Each area within the store was selected from the pages of The OrganWise Guys book. I made sure to have some real food items available from each department so that the students could shop and fill their kid sized carts.
This was such a fun lesson! When the class ended, the students wouldn’t allow me to leave until we all got back on the bus and returned to school (they were really serious about it!).
After these lessons, myself and my colleague, Kim Hollaway (the other teacher from School Nutrition), would see the students outside of school and they never failed to let their parents know who we were and what they had learned in our classes! I would recommend this program to anyone as a way to get especially young children interested in making the right food choices!