The New Albany High School Career & Technical Department hosted “A Garden Party & Tasting Buffet” for New Albany Elementary School Pre-K students on Wednesday, April 25. Six Career & Technical classes at NAHS participated in the event by preparing and conducting activities for the Pre-K students. The day of events was planned as a culminating activity for the Pre-K students who had recently been studying farms and gardens.
Pre-K students rotated through five stations during the morning. Mrs. Anita Alef and the Culinary Arts students prepared a tasting buffet that included some of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs the students had recently planted in their school garden. Mr. Bert Anderson and the AEST (Agriculture, Environment, Science, & Technology) classes assisted students planting flowers in pots and showed the children their class rose garden.
Mrs. April Voyles and the Health Science classes demonstrated proper handwashing techniques and discussed the importance of good nutrition. Mrs. Mallorie Biffle and her Digital Media Technology students assisted the children in playing interactive nutrition games on the SmartBoard and using the Wii Fit game system. Mrs. Nannette Ballard and her Family Sciences students led the students in “Going on a Bear Hunt” that included physical fitness activities.
The Childcare classes, under the instruction of Kimberly Langley, assisted in the event by preparing name tags, painting flower pots, and serving as group leaders.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for our career and technical students to transfer the information they have learned in their classes this year to the Pre-K students,” said Langley. “We are always excited to partner with NAES to provide more learning opportunities for all of our students.”
“We are extremely excited to have been a part of such a fun, exciting day where our students learned more about gardening, nutrition, health, and physical activity,” said Glen Reeder, Director of Pre-K. “We are fortunate to have been able to partner with several classes at NAHS throughout the year to participate in different learning experiences.”
Special guests included Jessica Warren, Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Coordinator from the Office of Health Schools and school administrators from the school district.
“A Gardening Party and Tasting Buffet” was funded in part by the Team Nutrition – School Garden Grant sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education - Office of Healthy Schools that the NAES Pre-K received for the 2011-2012 school year. The purpose of the grant is to provide exciting and meaningful nutrition education through school gardens and to promote increased physical activity through the adoption of a hobby and understanding of the natural world. The grant has provided funding for gardening and nutrition education resources, supplies, and activities throughout this school year.