Empowered with facts about good nutrition, students from eight middle schools in Houston, Klein, Spring Branch and Stafford meet for an international culinary cook-off intended to tempt judges’ taste buds. The Kids’ Day at Northwestern Mutual Foundation World of Health competition is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 11 at Harris County Department of Education’s North Post Oak Building, 6005 Westview, Houston, Texas.
Students in grades fourth through eighth study health lifestyles in cultures around the world in their Cooperative for After-School Enrichment programs. The event celebrates the culmination of a 14-week, after-school project in which students examine good health habits in both nutrition and physical fitness. The students inject healthy recipes into the equation and create a public service announcement to win votes from a panel of judges.
Countries represented in the competition include El Salvador, America, Japan, Italy and Mexico.
CASE is a division of Harris County Department of Education which provides after-school programs in 100 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The eight schools participating are served by CASE after-school programs.
“It’s easy to make nutrition fun with this Kids’ Day curriculum which creates competition as students study other cultures and cuisine in other countries,” said CASE director Lisa Caruthers. “Students apply what they learn about healthy eating to their international menu and market their recipes with a commercial.”
At the end of the day, students are led by the members of the Houston Tennis Association as they get physical and engage in non-competitive tennis drills.
School districts and schools participating in the competition include Houston with Crockett Elementary (77007) and Stevensen Middle School (77017) ; Spring Branch with Spring Forest Middle School (77079); Klein with Klein Intermediate (77088) and Wunderlich Intermediate (77066); and state charter schools Yes Prep West (77036) and Southwest Middle School (77074).
CASE provides after-school programs in 100 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by Harris County Department of Education, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program. Access http://www.hcde-texas.org.
Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. HCDE offers purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance.
Carol E. Vaughn,
Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston TX 77022