Schulze ES students plant love for veggies

Every time Schulze Elementary third grade student Alex Tey eats a fruit, she takes out the seeds and tucks them away for planting purposes.

She loves fruit, vegetables, being outside and getting her hands dirty, which is why she’s excited about the new Learn, Grow, Eat &Go! (LGEG) program at school.

Schulze Elementary and Texas A&M AgriLife launched the program this week with a planting kick-off.

Students in Ms. Andriana La Point’s and Ms. Dolores Madrid’s classes planted broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, onions and potatoes. They also planted dill, spearmint, rosemary, bluebonnets and other wildflowers. The students constantly exclaimed how much fun they were having and thanked their principal Ms. Sylvia Tovar, who was also digging in on the fun.

They weren’t the only ones planting though. Bexar County Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez and Superintendent Rey Madrigal were on hand to applaud their efforts and didn’t shy away when they were passed the fertilizer and a shovel.  

Now that the planting is complete, students will be watering the seeds and pulling out weeds until they get a full harvest. Once the vegetables are full grown, the students will pull them out and bring them to the classroom for a healthy recipe.

Every week for the next ten weeks, students will be exposed to a vegetable in its raw form and then in a nutritious recipe. Aside from a tasting, the students will learn about the origin of the vegetable and its nutritional value to their diet.

“There are activities and stories integrated into the lesson that are laced with reading, language arts, science, math and social studies TEKS for third grade,” La Point explained.

The ultimate goal though, is to promote healthier eating habits.

“We are trying to educate children about the importance of eating vegetables,” Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent Angie Gutierrez said. “We have a high obesity rate in San Antonio and vegetables is one of those food groups that kids don’t like to eat a lot of, I think once they see the whole cycle of how they’re planting it, bringing it to the table, tasting it and preparing it, they are more likely to eat it.”

This is the second year the program is offered at Schulze.

“A lot of the kids that didn’t like vegetables are now asking for more vegetables or even inquiring about recipes,” Gutierrez added.

Every recipe they do at school gets sent home in English and Spanish so they can try to prepare it at home as well.

This year, they have also partnered with Walk Across Texas to encourage students to become more physically active whether at school or at home. 

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