Students at Winthrop Elementary Magnet School have deemed Tuesday, October 8, Apple Day and will sample an array of homemade apple treats made from Connecticut apples.
Throughout the day, cafeteria staff will serve freshly made apple sauce, apple chips and apple crisp to elementary students who will also get to taste local apple cider.
To help students understand what healthy food is, where is comes from, and how locally grown produce can benefit their health, the school district's FoodCorps service member, Sarah Doherty, will speak to students during the day about locally grown apple products. Sarah will even be wearing an apple costume to get students excited about trying new things.
There are only 12 FoodCorps service members in Connecticut and this is the first year that New London Public Schools has been assigned a FoodCorps member. FoodCorps is an independent non-profit organization, funded by a combination of public and private funds. FoodCorps is a part of the AmeriCorps service network, the government's national public service program.
During her 11-month term serving New London Public Schools, Sarah will teach nutrition in the classroom, spend time in school cafeterias encouraging students to take a fruit or vegetable with their lunch, build and utilize school gardens within the district and work to bring in more locally grown food to our school cafeterias.