Deb Dyer, MSUE Wexford County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) program assistant was surprised to see an Internet posting from a Cadillac kindergarten teacher, Kelly Baas, who thought so much of the OrganWise Guys curriculum being taught in her class that she posted a lengthy testimonial, including some letters from her students. You can find it on the OrganWise Guys website here.
The OrganWise Guys is an interactive, science-based curriculum that uses fun characters based on the organs of the body to teach children about nutrition and physical activity.
The SNAP-Ed program provides nutrition education to persons who qualify for food assistance. These are generally people living in low-income situations who are eligible for the SNAP (what used to be called food stamps) or Bridge Cards (in Michigan). Schools with 50 percent or greater students receiving free or reduced lunches also qualify.
MSUE campaigned with local schools to offer to come into the classroom and provide the nutrition education that they would need to meet curriculum standards. The SNAP-Ed personnel teach the curriculum but also train the teachers to implement this comprehensive nutrition program.
According to Shari Spoelman, District 6 coordinator, referring to the posting by Kelly Baas, “This is great feedback following our first year of teaching OrganWise Guys in all qualifying classrooms in kindergarten through 2nd grade in Cadillac Area Public Schools. That’s 25 classrooms, each visited for 11 to 12 lessons.”
MSUE staff members in counties throughout the state teach Organ WiseGuys. I mentioned Isabella County’s program in a previous blog. If you’d like to tell us more about how OrganWise Guys is being implemented in your area, please leave a comment on this blog.