Earlier in March, the Early Starts enjoyed a wonderful program facilitated by Rainbow Plate. Each student was encouraged to ‘taste a rainbow’ as they explored excellent hands-on fruit and vegetable stations. Afterwards, Janet Nezon, the founder of Rainbow Plate, contacted us and asked our CGS staff for some help with a project she is currently working on with graduate students, Molly Gallant and Erika Pateman from the University of Guelph. They are in the process of designing a resource/toolkit for educators and parents that would engage children with healthy food and promote a relaxed and positive relationship with fruits and vegetables.
After school on Wednesday, April 4th, we welcomed Janet, Molly and Erika to CGS to run a focus group for their resource project. Many CGS staff members participated and contributed fantastic insights, feedback and encouragement for the resource Janet and her team are creating. The group was abuzz with excitement as we shared our thoughts as educators on what could work well in each of our classrooms.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Janet who generously donated some beautiful books focused on healthy eating to our school’s Library and to Molly who very sweetly thanked each attendee with a jar of honey from the University of Guelph’s very own apiary. We were so honoured to be included in this opportunity to be a part of forming and building such an important educational resource. We wish them all the best as they continue refining their resource. We excitedly look forward to using it in our classrooms one day soon.
Early Start Teacher
Children’s Garden School