Winning Students Featured in Local Cookbook from Center Parc, SUGA

Students from Butler Elementary, one of garden-hosting schools that participated in the cookbook project, display the finished product, along with gifts from Center Parc Credit Union.
Students from Butler Elementary, one of garden-hosting schools that participated in the cookbook project, display the finished product, along with gifts from Center Parc Credit Union.

Fifteen elementary students who are budding gardeners and cooks were selected to be published in a new cookbook that is being produced by Center Parc Credit Union and the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA), in partnership with four Savannah elementary schools. The cookbook documents the students’ vegetable garden experience at the participating schools.

Community gardens, including those at schools, are among the community projects Center Parc backs as part of its commitment to public service.

The cookbook project launched this October, as Center Parc and SUGA aimed to help Chatham County youth develop healthy habits as well as provide participating elementary students with an opportunity to create a record of their vegetable gardening experience. While there are no current plans to offer the book for sale, it will be used as a resource with various schools that host community gardens. Consideration is also being given to posting it as an e-book.

The schools that participated were Brock, Butler, Hodge and Windsor Forest elementary schools – four of the seven schools with which SUGA has community gardens.

The 15 winners, announced just before winter break in a ZOOM conference with teachers, parents and school administrators, are: Brooke Speaks, Jaden Paul, Savannah Abayabay, Teresa Adams-Delcore and Justin Nguyen, all from Windsor Forest Elementary School; Jakayla DeLoach, Jakilya Brady and Ja’Meir Blount, all from Brock Elementary School; Timothy Woods, Macee Riley and Jersey Perales-Beston, all from Hodge Elementary School; and Madison Robinson, Chasity Hines, A’Naysia Beasley and Taleah Brown, all of Butler Elementary

School.

A few of the selected recipes include “Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds,” “Cucumber Bake Chips,” “Sweet and Savory Carrots,” “Spring Rolls,” “Lemon Grass Veggie Soup,” “Avocado Egg Salad,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

The credit union and SUGA designed this project and the rest of the community gardens movement to encourage healthy habits among Chatham County youth, combat childhood obesity and battle food insecurity among children and others.

“We hope that this cookbook encourages students to develop and maintain an interest in healthy eating,” said Donna Williams, community development liaison with Center Parc.

For mor info email info@centerparc.org or visit online at www.centerparc.org

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