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Students dedicate day to eating healthier

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Casey Chung, Wheatley Heights

Waverly students are trying to be health-conscious. One way is by changing our eating habits.

Three years ago, our school nurse, Mrs. Lori Caliendo, came up with the idea of having Veggie, Fruity Fridays. Each Friday, students are encouraged to bring in vegetables or fruits for snack time. In addition, students are asked to bring in water rather than a sugary juice box. In order to get the most student involvement, an incentive was put into place. Every class that has full participation has their names announced on the loudspeaker.

The class also receives extra recess time. Actively playing is not only fun, but it is another way to keep our bodies healthy! We are hoping to spread the word about this very simple way for kids to be mindful about the foods they eat. Maybe there are some other students out there that will give this idea a try in their own school.

Emily Cole and Kathy Devine’s fourth-grade class, Waverly Avenue Elementary School, Holtsville

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