In city neighborhoods with sky-high obesity rates, a national service program is helping schools build a new kind of classroom. NY1’s Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
At PS 109 in the South Bronx, students dig into their lessons. The first graders in this class say they’ve never been in a garden until this year, but now the school has two full-time staff members dedicated to teaching them all about food.
“Time in a school garden is one of the best ways there is, the research shows, to get kids over the hump to trying new foods,” said FoodCorps CEO Curt Ellis.
One teacher comes through Edible Schoolyard, a food education program that’s been working in the city for five years. The second is a member of FoodCorps, a new branch of AmeriCorps, the federally funded national service program.