Throughout the school year, Searcy County 1st grade classes at St. Joe Elementary and Marshall Elementary take part in a SNAP-Ed program called Pick a Better Snack. The program is designed to encourage choosing fruits and vegetables as snacks and emphasizes the importance of healthy eating. The students are introduced to three or four fruits and vegetables each month. The children learn the origin of the item, how it is grown, where it grows, why it is healthy, and other important facts. Then they are able to touch and taste each item. During the program, the children learn about a wide array of fruit and veggies including jicama, pineapple, pumpkin, mushrooms, and grapefruit.
Photo: 1st graders sample three varieties of apples, zucchini, tomatoes, and two types of plums.