March 13, 2012

"Green Stuff"

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Each day of the online voting campaign for the Health Justice CT Challenge, Summer of Solutions Hartford is posting new videos to show voters what our work is all about and why we should win $10,000. You can vote for “Health Justice in the Garden” every day until March 16th: http://www.healthjusticect.org/challenge-voting Today’s video is a series of clips from Kids’ Week- a free summer camp that our team ran last August.
 We had 18 campers ages 3-13, which is quite a task! We had a ton of fun doing arts and crafts, playing on the playground, cooking, and learning in the garden. My favorite part was a series of activities we did with plant botany. First, Joe taught the kids about plant structure and function. Then, each kid did a drawing of a plant and showed how it ate, drank, and soaked up sun. That afternoon, we got out the chalk and decorated the driveway of the community center with an imaginary garden.
The next day, Claudine taught our campers about nutrition and healthy eating. Then she lead them through the garden on a nutrition scavenger hunt to find all the ingredients for a healthy meal.
On the last day, we painted a big mural with room for each kid to paint their own plant. Photos from Kids’ Week: http://soshartford.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/kids-week-photos/ You can vote for “Health Justice in the Garden” every day until March 16th: http://www.healthjusticect.org/challenge-voting

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