PEORIA, Ill -- There's a focus across the country on teaching students healthy living, but one local school is taking it to the next level with the help of a HOI 19 and CEFCU $1,000 One Class at a Time grant.
Mark Bill Middle school Math and Science teacher Rachel Maher is the recipient of this week's grant, but it's really an entire group of teachers that will use the money to teach a healthy lesson.
Their project starts with Science and Math.
"With math we want to tie in, can you develop a garden perimeter? How can you figure out how to scale some items in a real life application. But also then doing good for the earth," said Maher.
PE and Health teacher Kim Grieves will tie in the fitness and nutrition aspect.
"Life doesn't revolve around Little Debbie," said Grieves. "A lot of times you can eat carrots with dip. You can eat broccoli. If they can get exposed to it here and they got a chance to choose to do that, then them hooking on to it forever is a greater likelihood than somebody saying eat your vegetables cause it's good for you."
Grieves said they will use the money to buy foods for the kids to taste test, garden supplies and seeds.
Cafeteria manager Jackie Scogin can implement those fresh items in her already popular fruit and vegetable bar.
"Carrots, cucumbers, celery, a salad, if there's something they don't like on the steam table, a hot vegetable or something, they can always go to the cold bar, there's always a variety," said Scogin.
Lessons in the classroom and the cafeteria, that will hopefully translate to choices at home.
Grieves said, "When they go to the grocery store with mom, they'll go ya, that wasn't too bad let's get some of that."