By Steve Keenan
MOUNT HOPE —
Late in the school year, Mount Hope Elementary School continued a program that has made inroads into the overall health and well-being of the students and the community.
In one of the most recent activities, students at the school were given their own tomato plant to pot and take home to plant somewhere.
According to Donna Bush, the activity was one of several related projects staged throughout the school year that allowed access to “physical activity and nutrition for children in the Mount Hope area.”
It was all part of the third year of a project made possible by grant funding and assistance from CAMC, the New River Health Association, and the Mount Hope Children’s Health Council.
“We do all kinds of activities,” said Bush. The May project allowed them “to have fresh vegetables of their own at home.”
Students also have “a sense of awareness where it came from,” added Nonie Roberts, “and they know they’re capable of growing it themselves.”
Working up close with the vegetables also has another positive outcome, Roberts added. “Another thing we see is the children picking up more fresh fruits and vegetables when they go through the snack line.”
MHES also participated in Nutrition Week recently, and the school and community took part in early June in their first-ever Wheel Parade. The parade was the public kick-off for the Family Friendly Community Project, a collaborative effort between the City of Mount Hope, MHES and the Mount Hope Children’s Health Council. According to The Register-Herald, together they co-sponsored a VISTA position, filled by Jessica Zukowski, a Mount Hope native and mother.
The organization aims to involve families in Mount Hope community affairs and ensure that the town is, in turn, responsive to the needs of families.
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