Thursday, November 13, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
School nutrition program teaches healthy eating
Hampstead Hill Academy's Food for Life program teaches nutrition basics
By Sara Michael
Examiner Staff Writer
At Hampstead Hill Academy, it's OK for middle-schoolers to play with their food.
Through the school's Food for Life program, students spend class time learning about what vitamins are in foods, how to prepare healthy meals, and of course, how the fresh foods taste. They even have an organic garden with fruits, vegetables and herbs.
"They almost without fail try it [if they] have a hand in identifying where it comes from, the recipe or the nutritional value," said Matt Hornbeck, Hampstead Hill principal.
Hampstead Hill is one of eight Baltimore schools incorporating nutrition into the school day using curriculum developed by the Food Studies.Institute, a nonprofit based
in Trumansburg, N.Y.
The institute's Food Is Elementary lesson plan teaches young children healthy eating habits - one solution to the rising rates of childhood obesity and the growing number of children taking medications for weight-related diseases, said founder and visiting Hopkins scholar Antonia Demas.
She has tried to make healthy foods fun by letting children touch, smell and taste new and diverse fruits and vegetables.
"They are so receptive to this type of education, and they are not getting it," said Demas, speaking at a conference Thursday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
The federal school lunch program feeds 53 million students a day, and 73 percent of Baltimore's students receive free and reduced meals, Demas said.
The standard meal of a hot dog, tater tots and canned fruit in syrup may meet the federal nutrition requirements, but it isn't healthy for students, she said.
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Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
In an effort to “Impact lives” BCP and Accenture will embark on project to better organize and recommend a strategy for BCP that allows them to more efficiently and effectively achieve their goal to better serve and increase the outcomes of the underprivileged youth in Baltimore City and measure those results.
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We would like to thank the Accenture consultants who have so generously volunteered their time and expertise:
- Vanessa Godshalk - Senior Executive Sponsor
- Matt Sitek - Project Manager
- Megan O’Keefe - Balanced Scorecard Developer
- Brittany Normand - Organization Design Developer
- Christine Ambrose - Balanced Scorecard Developer
Thursday, June 26, 2008
On Gough Street between Wolfe and Washington Streets Upper Fells Point; Admission is free.
- Food by Arcos Restaurant, Michelle's Cafe & more
- Celebrated children's storyteller Maria Broom (4pm)
- Mexican traditional dance group Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo (5pm)
- Arts & crafts activities with The Creative Alliance
- Moon bounces, face painting, games, music, a raffle, dunking booth (with the Principal inside), sweets, etc!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Collington Square School
1409 N. Collington Ave.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The students presented a PowerPoint presentation about their business plan to a panel of four judges at the University of Baltimore. They were awarded $500.
The group learned about business and created their plans this school year in Anthony McKinney's NFTE business class. Matthew Sitek from Accenture acted as the group's mentor.
The judges were so impressed by the presentation that they asked the group to stay behind to record a demo, which will be shown to future middle school and high school business classes. View the demo below.
Nicole Keelty, vice president at Colliers Pinkard, developed this year’s mentoring program to build the canoes and produce a multimedia video. Living Classrooms provided space, materials and instructors for the project.
Rhonda Richetta, principal of City Springs, said that she hopes the students who didn't participate in the program this year will see the canoes and begin to think about participating in the future.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
2nd Place ($500)- Denise Caba, Jenny Lockamy, Cheyenne Jones- Freeza
Hampstead Hill Middle School
NFTE CET- Anthony McKinney
Mentor: Matthew Sitek, Accenture
3rd Place ($250)- Stephen Day, Shannon O’Dair, Christopher Geleta- Krazy Kards
Hampstead Hill Middle School
NFTE CET: Anthony McKinney
Mentor: Matthew Sitek, Accenture
Tawneisha Cherry & Bria Kyler- Candy Apples Co.
Collington Square Middle School
NFTE CET: Nicole Humphreys
Mentor: Darlene Ajayi, NFTE
To become involved with the NFTE Baltimore program, please e-mail Katie Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about NFTE visit: http://www.nfte.com/
While Maryland's Education Department is quick to tout the state's latest educational achievements, we're not so likely to hear about our failings. Here is a little secret: Maryland's math achievement is flagging. Maryland is one of the richest states - it has the highest median household income, according to a 2006 Census Bureau report. How come we're not at the top of the pack in math?
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Checks can be made payable to "Baltimore Curriculum Project" and mailed to:
Baltimore Curriculum Project, 2707 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21224.
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A Baltimore Times article on May 30, 2008 featured last month's Community Dinner at Hampstead Hill Academy, which celebrated healthy eating and food education.
“It's a wonderful thing for our school and community,” said Matthew Carpenter, Assistant Principal.
According to Principal Matt Hornbeck, who also mentioned the school's organic garden, spoke on how the program has brought together families from all walks of life.
It's neat when the food program can bring all of those people together, because food is the great common element everyone shares,” said Hornbeck.
“Taste of Baltimore,” the theme of the evening's dinner, brought dozens of enthusiastic parents, teachers, children and community advocates, tasting healthy food treats that were donated by area restaurants and prepared and served by students to honor the work of the Food Studies Program, a grassroots food education curriculum.
To read the full article visit http://www.btimes.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=88980&sID=4For more information about the Food Studies Program, visit their website at http://www.foodstudies.org/.