Monday, May 9, 2011

Poetry, Students and Vegetables - this can Work!

I am currently putting together a project in my role as a Community Foodie in the Wakefield/Mallala region. This project brings together things I care deeply about, poetry and good nutrition and is planned to be a fun thing for everyone involved. The title of the project is Vegetable Victory.

I will be working once a week for four weeks at a particular Primary School and will talk to year 4/5 students about vegetables and why eating them is important. Every week there will be unusual vegetables to look at and learn about. Every week there will yummy vegetable snacks to eat.

The most fun part for me, I think, will be sharing poems about vegetables with the students. I've written some poems about vegetables especially for this project, and other Adelaide poets have got involved and given me poems to share too. I thank those poets for their kindness, thanks John Malone, and thanks Kami McInnes!

Students will hear poems and have a go at writing their own vegetable poems. At the end, I hope we can produce a publication with the student's poems and with pictures to share with the school and the community.

If this project goes as well as I hope it will, I’d like to take it to other primary schools in the region.

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