Planting Nutrition Lessons

Clarke ES second-graders plant beans
By: Todd Martin

Putting lessons of nutrition and the life cycle of a plant to use, second-graders at Clarke Elementary got their hands dirty with the help of some special guests.
Employees from the HEB grocery store on Trimmier Road in Killeen visited the school on Fort Hood and explained the importance of eating healthy, especially vitamins and minerals that come from fruits and vegetables.
After a surprise visit from the HEB Buddy, students returned to their classrooms to use supplies HEB and Dole donated to plant beans and sunflowers.
Second-grade teacher Amber Johnson said the visit coincided with the grade level’s unit about plants. They learned about the different parts of a plant and what they need to grow.
Prior to the visit, students planted mystery seeds and will soon watch what comes up and try to identify the plant.
“This is awesome,” Johnson said as her students covered seeds with soil in small individualized planters.
“They can see it from start to finish. They can see it grow and they will go home and share what they learned with their families.”
“We want to show these kids a great way to have a fun activity and learn about fruits and vegetables,” said Sally Mehle, HEB Fort Hood community coordinator.
The grocery store uses a program called “Let’s Get Growing” from the Texas Department of Agriculture to show students how to live a healthy lifestyle nutritionally.
“It’s really awesome,” said Mehle, visiting one of the second-grade classrooms. “Kids are our future and they learning to be healthy and also how to treat the earth.”