UW-Stevens Point students to promote healthy, local foods at five schools

Area school children will learn about healthy, local food sources from students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as the campus’ Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) marks Food Day on Thursday, October 24. 

Members of StWEA will hold assemblies at five area schools. Jefferson Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School and St. Peter’s Middle School in Stevens Point, Port Edwards Elementary School and the Helen R. Godfrey University Children’s Learning and Care Center at UW-Stevens Point were selected as a reward for high participation in local food fundraisers. 

At each assembly, students will sample local produce and learn about healthy eating, local and sustainable agriculture and how food travels from the farm to the table. In addition, the first place class from each school will have a chef visit their classroom to prepare a healthy meal. The Port Edwards High School Ecology Club will be included in this visit. 

The Food Day presentations are collaboration among UW-Stevens Point, Central Rivers Farmshed and parent teacher organizations, with partial funding from a Community Learning through America’s Schools (CLASS) Grant from the National Education Association’s (NEA) Student Program. For more information, contact Lauren Cottrell at 920-312-3793 or lcott542@uwsp.edu or Alexandria Felton at 920-422-3557 or afelt358@uwsp.edu. 

The NEA’s Student Program has involved more than 200 campuses in CLASS projects since 1989, with the goal of giving thousands of children hope for a better tomorrow. College and university students also are gaining practical experience and growing as professionals. The Student Program serves more than 67,000 students nationwide who are preparing for jobs in the education profession, providing professional development and leadership training.

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