Visit was food for thought
Stephanie shares healthy wisdom with most appreciative students
THE pupils at St Clair Public School had a huge surprise when celebrity chef Stephanie Alexander stopped by.
The school received a grant from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation for a kitchen and garden to be developed in the school grounds five years ago. However, the recent visit was the first time Ms Alexander had dropped in and principal Judy Loader said the kids were in awe.
“The kids were so excited – she was so wonderful with them,” Ms Loader said.
“This was the first time Stephanie had visited; it was a great opportunity for us.”
Students and teachers spent the day with Ms Alexander and her team of specialists learning about producing quality produce.
“We have all sorts of things in our garden: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, fruit trees,” Ms Loader said.
“There are a lot of things kids might not have at home such as Asian foods.
“Parents say home eating has improved, kids are trying new recipes and coming home and starting their own vegetable gardens.”
St Clair Public School also
Parents say home eating has improved, kids are trying new recipes and starting gardens Judy Loader
has built a kitchen where the pupils are able to cook and prepare the foods they pick from the garden.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation’s vision is that “children form positive food habits for life”.
The mission is to provide the inspiration, information, and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.
Stephanie Alexander with Lilianah Martinez, 12, Brock Smith, 11, Madison Berrier, 11, Lily-Jean Hodgson, 11, and Erin Dale, 11. Picture: David Swift