UNION — A program that teaches kindergarten children about good nutrition is getting some assistance this year from the Dollar General Regional Distribution Center and the Town of Jonesville.
Earlier this week, Jonesville Mayor Ernest Moore presented Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall and Safety Coordinator Randy Crocker with a donation from the town and the Dollar General Regional Distribution Center to the school district’s Healthy Explorer Kindergarten Nutrition Program. The donation included boxes of paper products, vinegar, salad dressing, and storage bags which were sorted by Woodall, Crocker, and Moore at the School District Annex for distribution to each of the district’s five elementary schools where the kindergarten nutrition programs take place.
Woodall thanked both the town and Dollar General for their donation which she said will be used along with locally grown produce to teach kindergarten children about nutritition and the importance of making healthy food choices.
“In our Healthy Explorer Kindergarten Nutrition Program the teachers create lessons about nutrition and the specific food being supplied,” Woodall said. “The produce used in the classes is bought through a grant from Spartanburg Regional and supplied by local farmers. The Jacksons and the Yandels deliver their produce to the five elementary schools.”
Moore said the town and Dollar General were both happy to support the program because of the importance of teaching children to eat right.
“We’re more than happy to help with this project,” Moore said Monday afternoon. “It’s hard to get kids to eat vegetables, but it is very important and healthy for them.”
In addition to teaching kindergarten children about good nutrition, Woodall said this year’s program will also provide their parents with instructions on making health and cost-effective choices when buying groceries.
“This year First Steps will be a partner and take parents on grocery store visits where they’ll learn how to make healthy choices in their shopping and stretch their money at the same time,” Woodall said.
While the nutrition program is usually presented in the fall, Woodall said the district is looking at the possibility of offering it in the spring as well.
“This is our second year and we do this program in the fall, but it’s possible we will have some lessons in the spring,” Woodall said. “It will all depend on funding and the availability of produce.”