Visitng Ms. Youpa’s 4th Grade Class (Teach For America-Dallas)
February 23, 2011
It is funny walking into a school after having not been in one in so long. That certain smell, the lingering sound of children’s voices, and walls that tell a story of their own. As my mom and I walked into the oh-so-familiar setting, I reminisced on the days spent before and after school in my mom’s classroom teaching to my (imaginary) class. Now, years later, here I am..a different type of teacher…teaching something that I am so passionate to share. Knowledge of healthy food is, unfortunately, not something that we are all raised with…in fact…our society doesn’t even really encourage it. The price of healthy food is so great, that ‘junk food’ is often what fills most low-income homes simply because it is more affordable.
Today I visited with 14 fourth graders at Herbert Marcus Elementary School rallying them to care about the food they put in their bodies on a regular basis, getting them excited about the importance of eating breakfast, and showing them how yummy healthy food can taste. We talked about each of our ingredients and what they do for their bodies and how ‘protein builds strong muscles’ and ‘good fats boost brain power!’
It was a whirlwind that–once it was over–left me rushing with adrenaline and motivated in ways I never foresaw when we first started this company 2 years ago.
We sent each kiddo home with some LOVE and also left a giant bag for Ms. Youpa to serve as breakfast for the class. (Plus, we had to also leave some behind in the faculty lounge.) Today strikes a whole new meaning for the LOVE behind LOVE GROWN FOODS…a mission to educate kids and spread the LOVE to the children of our nation in the classroom.