Whole Grain label collage

May 2, 2009 at 3:24 am | Posted in Nutrition Focus: Whole Grains Challenges | Leave a comment
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At Norwich Elementary in Hilliard, Ohio we sent home a letter to parents  (to see letter, click here!) whole-grain-challengeparent-letter  explaining whole grains and asking them to send in empty packages and food labels from a food that has a whole grain in the first three ingredients.  Then we made a large collage for the hallway.  Classroom activity sheets were placed in the staff lounge for teachers to use if possible, along with wheat berries to plant and grow wheat grass, and a grinder for kids to make whole wheat flour from the wheat berries.  

During our annual fundraiser  Winter Family fair held every February, we offered whole grain tastings at a yogurt parfait bar with fruit, vanilla yogurt, and many different whole grain cereals and homemade granola for toppings.  The feedback from parents and students was overwhelming – no one missed the high fructose syrup-laden snow cones!  The large whole grain label collages were posted in the main hallway during the Winter Family Fair, and free fiberone samples and wheat grass garden seeds were given out.

 Coordinating with our food service, we were able to offer whole grains during the month of March, and around 50 more lunches were served per day!

Collage made from labels students brought from home.

Collage made from labels students brought from home.

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