Monday we had a “party” in my classroom. I do it after every round of parent-teacher conferences. In my neighborhood by the time students reach 5th grade, their parents stop showing up for school events. Persuasion is needed to get them there.
I usually persuade the students to drag their parents in by offering soda pop and a pizza party. The thing is, new nutrition guidelines forbid both — and the foods they do offer don’t very well lend themselves to a kid’s party. For instance, we are encouraged to reward hard work with carrot sticks. (Can’t you just see kids jumping through hoops for those?)
Well, that’s what I served. Carrot sticks, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cheese and baked Triscuits. I had little bowls of low fat Ranch Dressing, and a low-sugar, high vitamin C fruit drink. The students arrived at the table with their little plates and napkins and they all ah-ed in amazement. Jasmine breathed, “Just like grown-ups!” And they proceded to eat like locust.
I enjoyed the comments:
Rico said, “I’m not eating that white stuff (cauliflower).”
Moe replied, “It’s not bad.”
Nessa said, “This green stuff (broccoli) is really good.”
C.C. answered, “Nothing green is ever good.”
But my very most favorite comment of all came as we were cleaning up:
Cyndi said, “Next time can we have more celery? That was the best part.”
Of course, Cyndi also asks for homework.