Michigan Apple Queen Shares Fruit, Message with Students

Comstock Park Public Schools Stoney Creek Elementary students got a lesson in agriculture along with a sweet, crunchy snack from the Michigan Apple Queen recently.

Mary Stoll, 2015 Michigan Apple Queen visited the kindergarten through second graders to read Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss and talk about Michigan apples, grown right in the area.Students all received an apple from the Michigan Apple Queen

“Promise me when you are at the store, what kind of apples will you tell your parents to buy?” Stoll asked students.

“Michigan apples!” they shouted.

“They are so sweet and juicy; they are the best!” Stoll said.

Second-grade teacher Stacey Alt was 1987 Michigan Apple QueenStoll was accompanied by her aunt Stacey Alt, a second-grade Stoney Creek teacher and 1987 Michigan Apple Queen. The queen serves as the face of the apply industry visiting festivals, events and schools. Young women who compete for the title must be daughters, sisters, nieces or granddaughters of Michigan apple producers.

Stoll’s visit tied in with National School Breakfast Week, which highlights that eating a nutritious breakfast contributes to school success, and March is Reading Month. Stacey Alt and her husband, John Mary Stoll read to students for March is Reading MonthAlt, who operate John and Stacey Alt Farms, in Casnovia, donated 550 Fuji apples, one for each student to snack on.

Stoll, now a Ferris State University student, graduated from Kent City High School in 2014. Part of her mission is to get Michigan apples in school breakfasts and lunches, she said.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio

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