Fruits and vegetables right in the classroom
Posted on 09/21/2016
Two Highland Park students holding trays of honeydew chunksAt first, some students turn their nose at it.  But the teacher says "just give it a try."  Before you know it, the students' frowns turn into smiles as they snack on honeydew chunks.

Thanks to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), students at 13 elementary schools receive fruits and vegetables three times a week in the classroom.  It's a great way for students to have a snack before or after lunch.  It also teaches students healthy living and introduces them to new types of food.  Over the course of the school year, students will try asparagus, kiwi, plums, and cantaloupe. 

Here is a list of schools that are eligible for the grant this year:

Fairview Elementary
Fallon Park Elementary
Garden City Elementary
Highland Park Elementary
Hurt Park Elementary
Lincoln Terrace Elementary
Monterey Elementary
Morningside Elementary
Preston Park Elementary
Roanoke Academy
Round Hill Elementary
Virginia Heights Elementary
Westside Elementary

Eligibility is based on the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

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