Though the backbone of our program is to provide After-School Academics to our students, we also have a deep concern for the broader health and well-being of our students.
One of the most important parts of this project over the last decade has been educating our students about nutrition and health. Unfortunately we find ourselves in an uphill battle against fast food, processed snacks, and sugary drinks.
Don Anderson, our Program Director, has responded to our student’s eating choices by introducing the Strive kitchen and cafe, where students can have a nutritious meal and buy daily homemade treats. The success of this café has really been greater than we expected. As the kitchen has grown, we have been able to use it as a classroom, and open up a conversation with our students about nutrition and self-sufficiency in the kitchen.
What We’re Doing:
❶ Offering healthy affordable meals to interested students and parents every day at Strive.
❷ Supporting parents with health and nutrition information as part of our Strive for Health program.
❸ Selling homemade baked goods from our Pastry Pantry to raise funds for Strive.
❹ Offering cooking classes to students and parents.
As we enter our 26th year in 2016, we are working hard to make physical health the basis for academic success.