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Boardman Tot Chefs create healthy snacks

February 28, 2019
The Town Crier

Boardman School District's Food Service Department is convinced showing kids how to eat healthy starts with teaching them to prepare their own healthy snacks. The Tot Chef after school program began several years ago, with a grant.

This month, students from West Boulevard Elementary and Market Street Elementary put on their chefs hats or aprons to create their own version of pizza art, and to come up with sweet or savory burritos. As many as 30 fourth grade students per school sign up for the after school classes that run once a week for six weeks. Robinwood classes are still being planned after the spring break.

Director of Food Services Natalie Winkle said,"The idea for the class is to give students the ability to prepare nutritious snacks, so when they go home from school and are starving, they can prepare something healthy instead of grabbing a bag of cookies or chips."

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West Elementary Tot Chef Class with Natalie Winkle.

Whether they wear chefs hats at Market, or aprons at West, it's a professional approach to cooking that is still full of fun. "We plan to offer this again for fourth graders next year, at Center Intermediate," said Winkle. "Coordinating it should be a bit easier too, all at one building."



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