In early January, 2010, Community Service Arts students decided that they wanted to work on a nutrition education project which would involve the creation of a giant board game for elementary students. This game, titled “Veggieland,” would be designed to teach students about nutrition and physical activity. Student worked together to develop this game and then they took a field trip to Crescent Park elementary school on March 4th. TMS and THS students lead their game for the all students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, each dressed in a fruit or vegetable costume. The high-energy game included hand-crafted game board pieces and a giant dice for student to throw during game play. The game featured trivia questions that students researched and wrote. The questions were divided in categories that were aligned with the USDA food pyramid food groups. The elementary school P.E. teacher, Megan McCarthy, was present during the game to help facilitate the activity and collaborate with students.
Students led this game three times during their field trip to CPS, once for each grade level, and at the conclusion of each session, every elementary student was able to select a piece of organic fruit as a snack and a reward for their active participation. Students and teachers at CPS were very pleased with the presentation of “Veggieland” and they expressed a desire to collaborate in a similar way in the future.