Americorps volunteers Andy Ceranske and Brenda Thyssen have spent a good amount of time in the Manawa School District this year. The program is intended to give youth an increased awareness of what they are eating and how it is grown.
Every Friday, students have had a taste of something new from the garden, or from a local manufacturer. The snacks have helped kids to try new healthy foods that they may have never even heard of before.
One of the last initiatives of the school year was to teach 5th graders about planting. Andy brought seeds, soil, and planters to school in early May and talked about the importance of the basics for growing crops.
On May 27th, all of the 5th graders took a trip to Triple B produce where owners Mike and Brenda Thyssen created a “Manawa Elementary Pumpkin Patch” sign in the soil plot where the students planted their seedlings. The students also learned about worm composting, played a relay race game, made a craft, and had a pumpkin butter snack. The students will return in the fall and will harvest their pumpkins, which will be sold at school to help support the program for future 5th graders.
The Manawa Elementary 5th graders took time to thank volunteer Andy Ceranske (in the middle of all of the students) for everything that he has done for our school this year. Andy will be headed to medical school in the fall.