Visit was food for thought

Stephanie shares healthy wis­dom with most ap­pre­cia­tive stu­dents

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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

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