Fruit and veggie kids
MT MOLLOY State School students cannot get enough of the fresh fruit and vegetables grown in their very own garden.
Now thanks to a $60,000 grant, the students are getting a kitchen to create fresh food from their home-grown produce.
The small school of 21 students received a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden grant to extend their garden and build the kitchen in a national initiative to teach children healthy eating habits and how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
Garden specialist Juliana Russell said the kitchen is an old classroom being refitted with four workstations, each complete with a stove, sink and workbench.
“The kitchen’s been built, the cupboards are in, the sinks and everything, we just need to get the flooring happening in the holidays and next term hopefully we’ll be able to start cooking,” she said.
“A lot of the money has gone into the kitchen and the garden with lots of donations and working bees and we’re going on a big shopping trip to buy all the kitchen utensils in the holidays.”
The students are excited for the next school term when they can use their new kitchen and they are already learning how to make meals as part of their curriculum.
“We’ve got a fully functioning veggie garden and on Friday the students came out of working there and set up a temporary outdoor area to prepare sushi because you don’t need stoves,” Ms Russell said.
“Our garden is only small so part of the funding was to extend it and we’re working on that at the moment.
“It’s all incorporated into the curriculum, writing about their experience and using IT to create brochures and posters - it’s all connected.
“The students have to be assessed on what they’re doing in the garden but they love it and they’re learning life skills.”
Once the kitchen is built the students will be split into groups of four and in each adultsupervised work station, the students will make fresh salads and main meals including pasta made from scratch and will sit down once a week with staff and volunteer-helpers to enjoy their school-made lunches.
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