Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cedar Brook Elementary Wins Principal’s Prize from Local Food Group

Cedar Brook Elementary staff members and leadership earned Recipe for Success Foundation’s coveted Principal’s Prize recently for participation and involvement in the fourth annual VegOut! Challenge.

The SBISD elementary school will share the prize this year with the Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston’s Museum District. Principal Jeffrey Post and school staff received the award for the 30-day healthy diet challenge during a special Earth Day groundbreaking event held at Hope Farms in Houston on April 22.

Winning schools had to encourage students, teachers and staff to eat 30 vegetables in as many days. The two winning schools were each rewarded with a shared meal from a VegOut! 2016 sponsor – SNAP Kitchen or Chipotle.

The seven-acre Hope Farms, located in the Sunnyside city neighborhood, is a new Recipe for Success project, an organic farm situated in an area with little access to neighborhood grocery stores, also known as a food desert.

The farm project is designed to teach military veterans to be successful agricultural entrepreneurs, a foundation press release reports.

More than 100 people attended the Hope Farms event, including local City Council Member at Large Jack Christie, a well-known Memorial resident and former school district leader.

Cedar Brook Elementary students, staff and teachers eagerly took part again in this year’s VegOut! Challenge, which asks participants to try 30 different vegetables in just 30 days. Or in other words, eat a new type of vegetable each and every day.

The SBISD elementary campus has been an active and engaged partner in the past few years with the Recipe for Success Foundation. The foundation has won award recognition for its work in recent years.

“The Cedar Brook team has taken a lead nationally in engaging students and staff to eat their veggies! They offered samples of the “Veggie of the Day” to 900-plus students, faculty and staff – among other activities – to make eating veggies fun,” Recipe for Success reports.

More than 150 students, teachers and staff took part during the March challenge, a turnout that translated into 4,500 separate vegetables consumed. Proclaims Recipe for Success on their prize award: “That’s a lot of green!”

The Principal’s Prize is awarded to the school with the most teachers, leaders and staff participating. We congratulate the work that the teachers, administration and staff have done at Cedar Brook Elementary to make healthy eating a quite normal activity,” Recipe for Success also states.

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