The Student Wellness Ambassadors (SWA) from Burgess-Peterson Academy excitedly greeted the visitors from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity on Nov. 17 as they entered the school. The visitors were in town to attend their annual convention and signed up for a tour of a local school that including gardening in the curriculum. The guests were introduced to Dr. Marilyn Hughes, director of nutrition for Atlanta Public Schools, BPA Wellness Committee, the SWA as well as the Master Gardener, Fred Clay, and chefs Todd Richards and Reggie Washington from Rolling Bones.
The SWA planted lettuce and bokchoi in the newly built raised beds and discussed with the visitors the different vegetables that they had grown over the year. The SWA took the group on a tour of the school discussing ways that they were implementing healthy lifestyles. The tour concluded with a freshly made salad from lettuce, radishes, and carrots picked in the garden and prepared by Chef Todd and Chef Reggie. The visitors were very complimentary of the SWA and the school.
Diana Vu from the RWJF commented, “We are so appreciative of your hard work in making a difference in these children’s lives-daily. My very best regards to your entire staff, students and you for being involved in something so grand and being able to share these positive grassroots changes with us.”