Students Eat Their Apple Lesson

It was an easy test at Page Elementary for fourth- and fifth-graders:  Which apple — Red Gala or Ginger Gold — did they like best?

The final vote was 129 for the Galas and 123 for the Ginger Golds. And for the short essay question of why they liked the apple they picked, the students provided very clear answers.

Judging from Blake Wright’s face, he probably voted for the Red Gala apple as his favorite

“It was sweet.”

“It was sour.”

“Eating it.”

The tasty apples were served by Mike Gavin from Gavin Orchards in Coopersville and Kendra Wills, the Michigan State University Extension educator for the Grand Rapids area. The two are visiting schools to teach students the path farm products like apples take to get into school lunches and about the several varieties. Some students, Wills said, did not realize there was more than one variety, Wills said.

After the testing was over, some students lingered to talk with Gavin about the apples. It was then that he said some students said the apples were better than candy.  To prove his point, Gavin asked a girl standing nearby “Do you think apples are better than candy?” The girl was silent and looked a bit confused.

Many Page Elementary students like Ashlynn Parks came back for seconds(Maybe she thought he was comparing apples to oranges.)

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Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio

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