F.O.O.D.: FINDING OUR OWN DIET
E.E. WADDELL LANGUAGE ACADEMY
COACH: HEATHER LYNCH & LOU NACHMAN
AREA OF CONCERN:
After research, we choose to address and observe school lunches. By trying to improve the quality of food through changing and altering the school lunches, we can help kids’ nutrition. We are concerned because most of our friends complain about the lack of taste and quality of the food. Kids will make better choices in their lives food-wise, if we show them how to do so. It is an issue because kids are begging for other food because they don’t eat lunch or don’t have enough to eat. We are concerned about hunger because solving that problem will lead to a brighter future for children. It will also help them to live a healthy, academically enriched life. As these kids grow up and lead healthy adult lives, they can in turn educate their own children. We are really interested in getting “real” prepared “in-house” food through our school cafeteria.
To broaden the impact of healthy choices, we plan on creating a school garden to supplement the school lunch program. Students will grow and raise various plants, vegetables, fruits and herbs to make our school lunch better tasting and better for you.
Our school, Waddell Academy, is the only Kindergarten through Eighth grade public world language immersion magnet school in our district, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC. Our entire school staff and students moved to a newer building at a new site this year. This means that most of the outdoor and environmental work that we had completed at our previous site, Smith Academy, during the last fifty years was lost. Our new building and landscaping is only ten years old and located on 127 acres in the urban area of Charlotte. Our county, Mecklenburg is 526.28 square miles and has more than 850,000 residents. The concern about our health will not only affect the students within our nine grade level school, but also the entire county as we all come from areas across the entire county. Any solution or solutions to this problem that we address will definitely impact our entire school and county. Our school is also unique as we have a number of international faculty members and we participate in many foreign exchange programs.