Bains Elementary (West Feliciana Parish)
Bains Lower Elementary (West Feliciana Parish)
Bains Elementary implemented a bagging system for fresh fruits and vegetables at lunch time for students to choose additional healthy options to their meal. They call this program Healthy Choices. The school reports that more students are choosing to add these healthy options to their meals!
Bayou Chicot Elementary (Evangeline Parish)
Bains Lower also chose to implement the Healthy Choices system, which allowed students to grab extra fruits and vegetables to add to their school lunch. The school says they saw an increase in the number of students choosing to add these healthy choices.
Evangeline Elementary (Lafayette Parish)
Recognizing that healthy living doesn’t stop at the end of the school day, Bayou Chicot began hosting family wellness events that encouraged whole families to try new exercises and new foods through taste testing. The school is hopeful that these events will result in whole families increasing activity together, and being interested in trying unfamiliar healthy foods together at home.
Mary D. Coghill Charter (Orleans Parish)
Through partnerships with local farmers, Iota Elementary was able to offer several taste tests for students throughout the year, exposing them to fruits and vegetables that some students had never tried before. Now, school staff are noticing that students are more willing to try new foods in the cafeteria too!
Northside High initiated family wellness events and incorporated taste tests using new carts. They also implemented a bagging system for fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy grab-and-go snacks for students. In addition, Northside was able to partner with a local university for enhancements to the existing school garden and host a professor to talk with students about agriculture.
(St. Landry Parish)
Raintree Elementary (St. Mary Parish)
Through a partnership with Southern University Ag Center, and with funds provided by Louisiana Team Nutrition, Opelousas High School was able to drastically enhance the school garden on campus. This garden is used in agriculture education and also provides troubled students with a creative outlet. Some students even asked if they could come work in the garden in the summer! Next year, the school hopes to be able to incorporate some of the foods grown at the school into menu items in the cafeteria.
ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary (Orleans Parish)
Raintree Elementary is most proud of their new snack kiosk, which allowed students to have healthy snack options during recess. The kiosk is also used as a taste testing station during parent meeting days and as a second service line in the cafeteria for students to select healthy add-ons during lunchtime.
Rosenwald Elementary (Pointe Coupee Parish)
ReNEW Schaumburg was pleased to introduce nutrition education lessons to their students. They are excited to enhance the lessons next year with a tower garden at their newly renovated school site!
Stephensville Elementary (St. Martin Parish)
Valverda Elementary (Iberville Parish)
Rosenwald Elementary held its 1st annual MyPlate Art Contest. Students drew on their knowledge about the food groups from nutrition education lessons to draw pictures of their favorite healthy meal. Students brought the activity home and were encouraged to complete their drawing with their families. After submitting their artwork, 3 winners received baskets with healthy snacks, and all the students who participated got to see their work on display in the cafeteria.
W. Smith Jr. Elementary (St. Bernard Parish)
In addition to the implementation of a mobile garden, cleverly named "Garden on the Geaux," Valverda Elementary saw drastic growth in their Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard. This assessment tool offers strategies rooted in behavioral economics to increase consumption of healthy foods in the cafeteria.
The bountiful supply of home-grown, fresh lettuces and herbs grown by Smith Elementary’s tower garden exposed students to fresh produce, some for the first time in their lives. The school was pleasantly surprised how eager and willing students were to try new foods, and report seeing the same attitude in the cafeteria.