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Stewart Manor students decide what’s for lunch

Roasted chicken, broccoli, whole wheat bread and milk – that was the lunch selection for Stewart Manor School students on March 21. Why? Sixth-grade students said so.

Gino Brucculeri, Eleanor Morhart, Clarence Narine, Jenna Sullivan and Tessa Ramdayal from Mr. Matthew Dideriksen’s sixth-grade class came up with the menu as a culminating activity to their grade’s study of nutrition. After engaging in research and hands-on activities centered around food and nutrition, sixth-graders were instructed to develop a healthy and nutritious lunch for the school cafeteria, as part of their project-based learning. The classes met with Schools Meals Manager Celeste Lloyd and other staff to discuss the process of creating a nutritious lunch. They then put together a lunch menu that was full of nutrients – and delicious.

The selected group of sixth-graders was ecstatic to have their menu selected first and spoke to their peers during lunch to discuss the health benefits of the food they selected. Ms. Lloyd will feature other students’ menus as the year progresses. Principal Hope Kranidis spoke of the benefits of this project, which not only provided students with a deep understanding of healthy eating, but a real-life application of what they learned.

Photo Captions: 1. Stewart Manor School students (from left): Mia Medrano, Tessa Ramdayal and Clarence Narine smiled as they waitied to receive their lunch.

Stewart Manor students decide what’s for lunch

  1. Stewart Manor School students Maradinhio Dalexis, Tyreak Cobb were excited to try the lunch options their peers suggested.

Stewart Manor students decide what’s for lunch

3. Stewart Manor School sixth-grade teachers joined their students for lunch to commemorate the unique educational experience.

Stewart Manor students decide what’s for lunch

4. Stewart Manor School sixth-graders (from left): Clarence Narine, Eleanor Morhart, Tessa Ramdayal and Gino Brucculeri are pictured with with Schools Meals Manager Celeste Lloyd and teacher Matthew Dideriksen.

Stewart Manor students decide what’s for lunch