Three groups of James River High School students spent parts of Wednesday and Thursday last week sharing the importance of animal and plant science, nutrition and exercise with second graders from Buchanan, Greenfield, Cloverdale and Breckinridge Elementary Schools during the high school’s second Food For America program.
FFA members, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members and Varsity Club members had various stations that the second graders visited on a rotation– from a cattle and sheep pen to what types of food to eat to different exercises and games to play to stay active.
The goal of the program, FFA sponsor Zachary Wakeman said, is provide “field to table” examples for the students– to show where food comes from and how nutrition and staying active are important in their lives.
There were 11 stations; five agriculture-related, three about nutrition and three for staying active.
About 200 second graders made the visit and about 80 JRHS students worked at the stations.
“My students have thoroughly enjoyed it,” FCCLA sponsor Amanda Marshall said. “They really liked doing something for the younger kids.”
The focus for the nutrition stations was “Choose My Plate,” encouraging students to pick nutritious foods.