Teaching food and cooking in elementary school

Reading, writing and ratatouille: In the latest edition of the Chronicle's "What I Do" series, Michael Bauce tells about teaching cooking and nutrition to the 400+ students of Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley, California. Bauce's class — which appears to be funded by an outside grant, not school district funds (the article isn't completely clear on this) — is a hands-on class where students prepare the food and then eat it, all while learning basics about food and nutrition. Bauce writes that for many children, his class is the first time they have encountered real food. The class has changed lives, spurring children to demand fresh vegetables, to want to go shopping, to try eating new foods.  (San Francisco Chronicle)

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