As all our supporters know, this has been one cold winter! And, as any parent, teacher, or youth worker knows, keeping kids engaged when they are stuck inside can be quite a challenge. Despite the frigid temperatures, Kid Power students continued to learn. They engaged in creative math and vocabulary games, meaningful service-learning initiatives, healthy cooking classes, real-world civics activities, and much more. Find out all about these amazing projects:
As programs kicked off in 2014, students and staff created and evaluated goals for the second half of the school year. At one school, students were so excited to get started on improving their math skills that a teacher from down the hall stopped in to see what was going on. She was pleasantly surprised that the commotion was coming from students actively engaged in a math game! This enthusiasm towards learning is what Kid Power is all about, and we know these students will continue to work hard as they prepare for the DC CAS later this spring.
Veggie Time Update
During the cold weather, students focused on nutrition education and cooking in the classroom. Students played a relay race in the hallway that required them to analyze nutrition labels under a time crunch. They had to determine which foods were healthy, identify nutrients and food groups, and even the healthiest option of the same food. In addition to incorporating active play and kinesthetic learning, VeggieTime provides young people with opportunities to connect nutrition lessons to hands-on cooking. This month, after completing several nutrition classes, students made their own parfaits that incorporated four different food groups! Since the students all left wanting to try to make it for their families we thought we’d share the recipe with you too. We hope you try it!
Four Food Groups Parfaits: A healthy, anytime snack! Serves 1
- 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt OR plain yogurt (DAIRY)
- 1/4 cup lowfat granola (WHOLE GRAINS)
- 1/4 cup raisins/dried cranberries OR 1/4 cup frozen berries (FRUIT)
- 1/2 banana (FRUIT)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts (PROTEIN)
- ground cinnamon (optional)
- honey (optional)
Directions: Layer yogurt, granola, fruit, and nuts. Works best in a clear glass so you can see the colors and textures! Optional: sprinkle a dash of cinnamon or drizzle a small amount of honey on top.
Citizenship Project Update:
MLK DAY: Every year, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated across the country through service projects that promote positive change. This year, 100 Kid Power students, parents, staff, and volunteers from Young Education Professionals-DC and Howard University collaborated on a project to prepare meals for the city's homeless population. They studied and discussed hunger and homelessness in the city, prepared and distributed over 200 brown bag sandwich lunches, and then reflected and brainstormed ideas to work on to end hunger and homelessness in DC.
During reflection activities and for weeks afterwards, students continued to talk about the project. They truly enjoyed seeing how their actions directly impacted their community. One 6th grade student at Sousa Middle School was so moved by the experience, she immediately went home and talked to her grandmother about organizing a similar project in her southeast neighborhood.
Youth Delegates: After studying democracy and the electoral process last semester, students applied their knowledge to elect Youth Delegates who will serve as liaisons between their peers, Kid Power Staff, and the Board of Directors. These students will have the responsibility of advocating for themselves and their classmates as well as helping to mediate conflict among their peers. The chosen delegates are students that have shown exemplary leadership, dedication to improving themselves and their communities, and a commitment to academic success. Nominees created and presented to their peers during an official campaign process (example on the left)!
VeggieTime Director Katie Harvey will be speaking and and hosting a table at the Rooting DC Forum on Saturday, March 1. Hear her talk and find out more information about urban farming by registering here: www.rootingdc.org.
Kid Power received a $10,000 grant from Willkie Farr & Gallagher to support program expansion this spring!
Kid Power is expanding the VeggieTime Program to C.W. Harris Elementary School next month!
Kid Power is thrilled to welcome the following new members to our Board of Directors:
- Ami Scott (Attorney at Law, Schiff Harden, LLP)
- Faheem Rahman (Senior Manager, Morgan Franklin Consulting)
- Linay Foreman (Parent Representative- Staff Assistant, Facilities Management at American University)
- Susanne Barakat (Consultant, CSC Management Consulting)
As always, thank you for your continued support!
The Kid Power Team