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|Project Title: ||Making Healthy Eating Choices|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Quincy High - Quincy|
|Contact Name:||Geoff Hennessy|
|Content-Area(s):||Comprehensive Health, Science & Technology|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Quincy High School students in the Applied Biochemistry class, which is comprised of juniors and seniors, designed and implemented a service-learning project on nutrition and smart eating choices for seventh grade students at one of the middle schools. The high school students developed and presented a PowerPoint presentation on nutrition, food groups, and healthy eating to students at a middle school. The presentation also included distribution of word games for the middle school students and a display table with samples of health eating options.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
This project addressed the needs of seventh graders of Point Middle School. The students in the Applied Biochemistry class felt that nutrition and smart eating choices was a good topic to share with younger students, and the high school students also suggested that one of the middle schools was a good option for the service project location. The middle school was chosen for two main reasons: 1) several of the students attended the middle school and felt comfortable with the student body and 2) the students felt that the population at the middle school needed good information regarding nutrition because many of the middle school students are from a lower socio-economic bracket and therefore may be more likely to frequent fast food outlets when they ate outside of home or school.
|Service Component: |
The high school students put together a PowerPoint presentation about nutrition, food groups, and what were considered poor eating choices and tasty alternatives that provided good nutrition. Samples of various organic foods and drinks were purchased at Whole Foods of Hingham and a sampling table was offered in the school cafeteria. A packet of word games including word search and word jumble was given to each student at the middle school as well as a printout of the webpage for Whole Foods.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The service project involved high school students in an Applied Biochemistry level I course. We focused on areas such as nutrition and health and wellness as most of the students enrolled in the course are in the culinary arts or healthcare fields of study. Classroom activities included developing the PowerPoint presentation and word games for middle schools students on the topics of nutrition, food groups, healthy eating choices. This was an excellent “hands-on” opportunity to make their knowledge come alive and apply to a real world situation.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Each of the students played a vital role in making this project work, each service component was driven by student decisions. From the Internet browsing for PowerPoint slides, to the set-up and operation of projectors, computers, handouts, and samples – students were involved in each step.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students were excited about the chance to be part of a team that made a project “come to life.” Each student felt a personal stake in the execution of the endeavor, and each understood the various components required to make a presentation flow properly from start to finish. At the end of the project the class discussed together what went well and what could be improved with the project.
|Community Partners Involved: |
We had two main partners for this service project. The first partner was the Whole Foods store in Hingham. The concierge at this location took us on a tour of her store. She was helpful in offering ideas for a sampling table at the middle school, including assisting the students in narrowing down the options for the healthy choices sampling table. The second partner was the Point Webster Middle School, and the Physical Education Department in particular. A Physical Education Specialist at the middle school helped us select the day and time for the presentation and sampling table and secured the facilities at the middle school. The Physical Education Specialist also helped with the set-up the morning of the presentation.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
At the time of writing this promising practice submission, the students were putting together a press release for the Quincy Sun, our local weekly paper. One student took pictures during the presentation and we will include two photographs with the press release.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The class sat down together and discussed what could have been better and what went wrong with the project. Most problems were with the camera to take photographs of the event. Overall the students were pleased at how things went. The project’s impact could be further evaluated through a student-created pre and post “quiz” for the middle school students on their knowledge of nutrition and health eating options.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Most of the challenges were in the development of the PowerPoint. Most of the students were not very computer savvy and few of the students have their own computers. Students were given autonomy to develop the PowerPoint slides on their own, including overcoming problems with little assistance from staff. The word jumbles and word search games that the high school students created may have been on the difficult side for seventh grade students.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.