by Melanie Parker, West Lee Middle School Teacher
During the Spring semester FFA and AVID students teamed up to participate in a 10 week study called “DIG IN.” “DIG IN” is a program sponsored by Voices into Action to teach nutrition education. West Lee Middle School was this year’s host site. Students learned valuable information regarding healthy eating habits, growing vegetables, and food preparation. Students from Meredith College and North Carolina A&T State University mentored our students and lead the program. They were instrumental in sharing their college experience with our students. Volunteers from the Greensboro Cooperative Extension Office as well as Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) came out in support of our students, helping them to understand the importance of healthy eating.
Each week students were taught a mini lesson covering topics including vitamins and minerals, difference between fruits and vegetables, and using knives in the kitchen. The highlight of each week was at the end when students were able to taste the many items that they had been learning about. These included broccoli, kale, spinach, and kiwi. Students were also able to make their own dishes like vegetable pasta salad, bell pepper boats, and apple sandwiches. Our students loved the hands-on gardening experiences. They were also surprised to learn that they loved eating fruits and vegetables. This was a wonderful experience for all parties involved and carried over into the homes of our students. We sincerely hope to continue this in the future.