Beresford Road Public School pupils took a fresh and fun approach to the launch of Fruit and Veg month yesterday with singing, a taste-test of fresh produce, and a kiwi fruit and spoon race.
The Greystanes school welcomed the Healthy Kids Association and NSW Health joint initiative to boost children’s fruit and vegetable consumption five months after it joined fruit and vegetable co-operative Harvest Hub to fit with the sustainability curriculum.
Assistant principal Jade Leverett said the Hub decision followed a whole school energy audit by year 5 and 6 sustainability group members.
‘‘Our electricity unit was mostly about how to reduce Co2 emissions and that was when we came across this program,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve continued to look at how we can make a difference in the community by bringing the fruit and vegetables to us.
‘‘By buying locally we’re saving the emission of greenhouse gases because we’re not transporting on ships, we’re not transporting through trucks, and none of this produce is being refrigerated. By parents driving to the school to pickup their children [and produce] they’re not driving to the shops as well.’’
Year 6 sustainability group member Takoda Cummings, 11, and others learnt the World Food Rap in just two days to sing at the launch. He also helped divide and pack produce for hub members on the day.
‘‘It’s great, awesome,’’ he said.
‘‘If there are any apples left [after the divvy] sometimes we share them around.’’
Harvest Hub director Jayne Travers-Drapes co-wrote the World Food Rap and other songs with Rhonda Macken through The Singing Stick, which provides resources to teach sustainability through creative arts.
The Harvest Hub also supports Healthy Kids Association’s Crunch and Sip program, which encourages NSW pupils to eat a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables and drink water during a morning tea break.
Healthy Kids Association’s Clare Knight said Fruit and Veg month school resources included writing and counting activities, like charting how many students have included different fruit and vegetables in their lunch box.
‘‘It seems like a lot of silly games but it’s about building familiarity with fruit and vegetables,’’ she said.
Fruit and Veg month ends September 19.
■Details: healthy-kids.com.au, harvesthub.com.au.