Aldershot School in Burlington is Gaming to Increase Engagement at their Breakfast Program

Aldershot School in Burlington is Gaming to Increase Engagement at their Breakfast Program

Every day the Aldershot Student Nutrition Program’s team of volunteers serves up a fresh, nutritious breakfast to over 100 students… Every Friday they play “The Breakfast Challenge.” 

In this game a unique food is selected, researched and introduced to the students. Learning about the food we eat, where it comes from, it’s nutritional value, along with various ways to present the food are the objectives of the game. 

Each student who “accepts the mission” reads the information provided then samples the food and states one “factoid” from the information they have. Students enjoy actual samples of the food which they otherwise may not experience, they learn about its nutritional value, how it can be served along with the food’s origin. Great initiative in itself right?   The Aldershot Team doesn’t stop there…. They also ask the Breakfast Challenge Participants to provide feedback on what they think of their new food experience and enter their name in a draw for a valuable gift card.  One winner is awarded with the gift card each month.  Fun!

Recently, Breakfast Challengers experienced kumquat (KUHM-kwaht) for the very first time with those challengers ranging from students in grade 7 to grade 12.  All ages love to play!

The students learned that Kumquat is an ‘astringent’ fruit loaded with vitamins A and C. The students LIKED it!

Comment of the day? “Tastes like Warheads without the Malic Acid”. Malic Acid marveled the team, identifying that perhaps they would need to raise the bar on their Breakfast Challenge for the students in light of the recent “Big Bang-esque” response.

CLICK HERE for Student Nutrition Program details and descriptions.