Last week Sustainable Merton worked with The Shine Trust to deliver healthy school activities to students in Mitcham aged between eight and eleven years old.
SHINE is an education charity that changes the lives of disadvantaged young people by providing them with extra support and creative learning opportunities after school, on Saturdays and in the school holidays.
As part of a healthy schools summer project, children took part in five sports, cooking and gardening sessions accross the week, where they got a taste for gardening and trying new food. Activities in the garden included wild garden exploration and management, composting, meet the garden critters, digging and their favourite, wheel barrow racing! During the cooking sessions, children explored what part of plants we eat, how much sugar is in the drinks we go for every day, the importance of whole foods and the major role seeds play in our diet. They also picked up chopping, peeling, whisking, juicing, mixing and tidying up skills when we made fruit salad with whipped cream one day, and home made guacamole and salsa the next.
By the end of the week, there were countless good food stories to be heard. Children recounting what fruit and vegetables they had tried that week, which they wouldn’t have normally tried, or stories of how they had gladly helped to peel the carrots for dinner, something they had never done before.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Shine, and hope the students did too!