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"To Market To Market"

Columbus Magnet 1st Grade Market teaches farm to table and more

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Norwalk, CT | Added on February 11, 2014 At 11:46 AM

To market to market they went. Columbus Magnet School first graders opened their Sweet Greens Market Tuesday, providing produce for their school community. 

Kelly Braddock, first grade teacher at Columbus Magnet School said, "Today we have the grand opening of our Sweet Greens Market. It is a culmination activity. The children have been studying farms and we've learned how it goes from the farm to our tables."

"Along with a lot reading and writing and adding in some math with the market, it's important for them to look at the whole unit we have for social studies and understand from farm to table how it's done," said Julie Chironna, a first grade teacher at Columbus Magnet School.

From helping shoppers pick out fresh fruits and vegetables to serving as cashiers and baggers, student learned the importance of working together while reenacting real world jobs. 

Louis Seeley, a parent and volunteer at the Sweet Greens Market said, "They are learning how to make change, how to put the produce out, how to sample. They are just learning so much and there's so much that goes into this for weeks. It's a great opporunity for the kids."

"From getting to touch the fruits and vegetables; they love the cash register. They love to learn about money. They love to problem solve and just figure out how am I going to work together with my friends at my register and how am I going to interact with the customers and they just love it," added Chironna.

When asked what his favorite part about the produce market was, first grader Daniel said, "Being a cashier."

Proceeds from the market will be used to fund field trips, purchase classroom items and fund the school’s vegetable garden at Fodor Farm.

"It also incorporates the school community engaging in healthy eating and just supporting our school community as a whole. It also give the children a chance to give back. We created reusable shopping bags for Heifer International. Each child got to decorate one and the proceeds from those will go to Heifer International to sustain what their program is doing," said Braddock.

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