10/20/12 12:00pm
10/20/2012 12:00 PM
Andrea Glick, Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts, Hidden Valley Ranch

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts chef instructor Andrea Glick wows pre-schoolers with a unique take on teaching about nutrition.

The weather was cloudy and rainy Friday morning, but inside Riverhead Country Day School the pre-schoolers faces were bright and sunny as they looked over fruits and vegetables arranged in rainbow-like displays on platters.

The event was “Lunch Break for Kids” founded jointly by the Chef and Child Foundation and the makers of Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressings and dips.

The event is designed to showcase how simple food high in nutrition can make for healthier bodies.

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Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts chef/instructor Andrea Glick and a handful of students, who are members of the school’s American Culinary Club, were on hand to promote healthy lunches, healthy snacking and — ultimately for the children — how to make better choices.

They helped the children arrange the sliced veggies into figures the organizers called “superheroes,” and then dip them into ranch, cucumber and spinach and herb sauces. They followed that with a tumbler of a “Berry Blast,” a yogurt and fruit smoothie topped with fresh fruits.

The pre-schoolers hammed it up for Ms. Glick as she videotaped them with her iPad, screaming “Yeah vegetables! We want some vegetables!”

The Chef and Child Foundation started this initiative last year,  with about 75 chefs across the country.

This year, organizers hope to get 1,000 chefs on board. They want chefs across the nation to volunteer and organize outreach events and to raise funds during the month of October to support childhood nutrition and nutrition-based education materials for kids and families.

The Suffolk culinary school’s chef and students have also held events at Little Flower, Suffolk County Girl Scouts and Southampton High School. In the next week they have plans to go to Wyandanch and Riverhead high schools.

Ms. Glick said of their involvement with the event, “I’m very happy to be passing on this message of healthy eating as well as being able to involve my students from SCCC and to create a generation of healthy eaters.”

Riverhead Country Day School director Cheryl Taormina was beaming as she watched the pre-schoolers enthusiastically chowing down on fruits and vegetables.

“Part of our mission is to teach the children how to live a healthy life,” she said. “So its important for us to teach them how to eat healthy and move their bodies.”

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06/21/12 3:52pm
06/21/2012 3:52 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Moving Up Day at Riverhead Country Day School.

Riverhead Country Day School on Columbus Avenue at Stotzky Park held moving up ceremonies for its 60 students Thursday morning.

The school was built 19 years ago through a grant the town received from the Community Development Agency. Three of the students in this year’s graduation class, started at the school as babies.

School director Cheryl Taormina marched the children out of the school to perform the “Pledge of Allegiance,” “God Bless America” and “The World is a Rainbow.”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ms. Taormina asked the students. Their answers? Princess fairy, doctor, mommy, chef, farmer, Batman, Spiderman, Ninja Power Ranger, police officer, princes doctor and Captain America.

After the graduation ceremony there was a ribbon cutting for the “Outdoor Learning Environment” that surrounds the school. The environment was created after two of the teachers, Teresa Bello and Michele Viccaro, traveled to California last year at their own expense to take a workshop modeled after a similar environment at the Roseville Community Preschool.

The outdoor space now has raised garden beds, a digging area, a stage, play areas, swings and a new blackboard, which was presented to Ms. Taormina by the families of the graduating class at the graduation ceremony.

The project was created by volunteers, with money raised by a community yard sale and items donated by Riverhead Building Supply, Riverhead Garden Club, DeLea Sod Farms, Hampton Sand and Gravel, Peconic Bay Materials, Whitney Tree and Cornell Cooperative Extension and Rick and Kristin Trojanowski, Bud Sexton and Alex Batyr families.

Trees were donated by the Gassar, Talbot and Gajowski families.

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