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What’s Growing On at PS 150
Here in Tribeca at PS 150, healthy eating and working with plants has become a focus for parents, students and teachers. The Kindergarten students have been learning about plants as a way to improve the community. The students have decided that they would like to use their knowledge of plants and their desire to make New York City more beautiful by giving each class in the school a plant in a decorated pot.
As the first step in this community greening project, Jennifer Aaron’s Kindergarteners went on a field trip to the New York Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at the Manhattan School for Children [PS333]. Here, students observed small basil plants, made a salad using mature basil leaves, and then planted basil seeds to bring back to school. The Kindergarten students are currently tending their basil seedlings, which they will soon replant into decoupaged pots before donating them to other classes.
The Pre-Kindergarten students at PS 150 are also interested in helping the community. They have been busy planting an outdoor garden near the school. The students have been enjoying caring for the flowers, especially the marigolds!
An integral component of the new focus on plants and health at PS 150 has come from the newly formed Wellness Health and Movement (WHAM) Committee, whose mission is to inspire kids to make healthy food and fitness choices.
The Wellness Committee has sponsored family events such as a “Family Fitness Day” where students and parents danced, competed in relay races, and participated in collaborative games. WHAM also invited families to workout over 3 evenings at Exerblast, a video game inspired kids’ gym.
In addition to encouraging physical activity (and making it fun!), WHAM is especially proud to promote healthy eating for kids and families. Once a month WHAM offers students two new vegetables to taste and vote on. WHAM also sponsored three nights of Veggiecation cooking classes for kids, at which students made a rice noodle dish that included basil, mint, and carrots. Families learned about the health benefits of each vegetable, and everyone enjoyed working together.
Shakira Provasoli is an environmental educator, as well as a proud PS 150 parent. She aspires to bring her own love of nature to all areas of her students’ and children’s lives. She and a fellow PS 150 parent, Susan Korenberg, received a generous Wellness Council grant from the DOE that enabled the WHAM Committee to sponsor healthy eating and fitness events for students and families.