In October 2012, the Douglas County Housing, Inc. Full Circle Youth Program hosted a Veggie Party as a part of the Produce for Kids Party With Your Produce Challenge. Youth and their families enjoyed an afternoon of edible art, veggie puppets, snacks and Veggie Bingo. Produce for Kids awarded the Full Circle Youth Program with a third place prize and a $100 gift card to DonorsChoose.org.
A group of Full Circle middle and high school students recently used this prize to donate toward classroom projects in the Lawrence/Kansas City area. After exploring the DonorsChoose.org website, students chose to donate the prize money to three elementary classrooms in need of piano keyboards, literacy learning centers and a innovative science experiments. This eye opening experience has inspired these youth to find other ways to contribute to the community. Plans are being developed for several community service projects this summer as well as smaller projects that will be continued throughout the school year.
Check out the results of the Kids Party With Your Produce Challenge at: http://www.produceforkids.com/sweepstakes/fall2012/teacher/index
The Full Circle Youth Program's Veggie Party is mentioned in the second to last paragraph.
On October 24th, the Full Circle Youth Program hosted a Produce for Kids Veggie Party for our youth and their families. Twenty participants, including youth ranging in age from five to sixteen and some parents, attended and had a great time creating edible art, enjoying a healthy snack, playing Veggie Bingo and other interactive and educational games. As a part of our health initiative, our youth program had planted and maintained a vegetable garden known as the ZOMBIE Patch earlier in the year. We used harvested vegetables and a variety of other produce to center youth learning about healthy ingredients, snacks and portions.
We started the party by creating edible art. Participants created veggie puppets, pretzel cabins, vegetable landscapes and marzipan sculptures. While snacking on their creations, everyone enjoyed a game of Veggie Bingo where youth practiced identifying vegetables and matching the produce called out to the picture on their bingo card. Youth were asked to identify several different types of fruits and vegetables varying in size, weight, texture and shape. Youth won prizes for Veggie Bingo and snacked on fruit smoothies with real fruit and 100% fruit juice. Everyone that came had a great time and left more knowledgeable about fruits, vegetables and thanks to our ZOMBIE Patch, youth are more informed on the process of growing produce.
The Full Circle Youth Program would like to thank Juice Stop for their generous donation and help in making this event a success!