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Snacking healthy: TEAM 21 students learn about the power of good eating

Godwin Heights — What do you have if you mix one cup of unsweetened applesauce, one cup of apple juice, and 16 ounces of strawberry yogurt?

Well, according to the Team 21 students at West Godwin, a delicious, healthy treat.

“I would say it is a 10 out of 10,” said second-grader CeCe. “No, wait. Make that a 100 out of a 100.”

The group of 25 students helped Godwin Heights Food Director Jamie Schumaker make the blenderless smoothies, which is part of Chartwells’ Discovery Kitchen, a program designed to help students explore healthy food options. Chartwells provides food service to the district.

Students handed Schumaker the ingredients as she talked about the smoothies and how they are made. Afterwards, everyone was able to taste what they had created.

West Godwin students gather around Godwin Heights Food Director Jamie Schmaker as they prepare to make blenderless smoothies
West Godwin students gather around Godwin Heights Food Director Jamie Schmaker as they prepare to make blenderless smoothies

“It is an opportunity to help educate the students about healthy snacks and food options,” Schumaker said, adding she plans to present a monthly healthy food program. “This one helps them power up with a healthy beverage that has protein and fruit.”

Second-grader Hayden summed up everyone’s opinion of the treat with two words: “It’s good.”

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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