P.S. 54 parents are coming together to learn healthy habits, cooking and lifestyles. Cookshop and the Food Bank of NYC sponsor a hands on family cooking workshop where parents get to learn nutrition, food budgeting and new recipes to try at home. Parents cut, dice, mix and prepare yummy recipes like peach and orange salsa with multi-grain chips or veggie bean burritos. After the cooking class, parents get homework or take home bags of food where they can practice the new tips, tricks and techniques they learned for their children. Cookshop for families is a win-win situation.
Whoever knew that composting would be such a sought after activity? The children absolutely love getting their hands dirty and love working. Special education students and several 5th graders weeded the garden. They swept the area of loose leaves and used old vines and stalks from the vegetables the school had grown over the summer. Children deposited the old dead and dying plant parts into the compost bin. They loved depositing worms left over from science projects into the composting pile. Children loved mixing the composting so that air can speed the deterioration. They had a ball being good citizens and cleaning up the garden. We can’t wait to see the compost pile in a couple of weeks!!!
P.S. 54 5th graders were so excited to be given the job of putting together the school’s compost bin. Scholars read the instruction booklet and assembled and took apart and reassembled the compost bin. The 5th graders were literally fighting over who got to do the job. One student started and others rushed to his side by helping to read aloud the manual. When the panels didn’t sit right, children took it apart and redid it until it was just right. Composting has new meaning when scholars take ownership and make the bin themselves. Teamwork makes the dream work!!!