Success Academy has a very hands on, experience based approach that includes high-quality, educational, entertaining experiences for children. At Success Academy Crown Heights, Ms. Sarnelli’s class came back from science to find a “restaurant.” Where their desks used to be, there were dining tables with place cards, menus and appetizers of fresh raw carrots. Cole Yaverbaum, a teacher at the school, prepared a main course of gourmet pizzas for the children, as well as fruit smoothie bowls. The children were excited about the experience.
Success Academy uses the method of Project Based Learning in its learning units. This project was done as a part of a learning unit about supermarkets. The purpose of this project was to teach children about healthy food options, nutrition, and to get the children to have a taste for healthy food. The intention was to teach kids that there is more out there than the instant gratification of unhealthy food that appears to be the most appealing and available. Prior to eating their meals, scholars were informed about nutrition and how it can help them in their lives. Also, during the activities, scholars were shown how to make smoothies.
As the children ate their healthy meals, their natural curiosity flowed. They asked many questions, such as “Why is whole grain better?”, “Where did you buy these ingredients” and “What is the best snack to have before playing soccer?”. This project was a success for Success Academy because its point was inspire children to ask more questions and to have an active interest in nutrition.
Success Academy Scholars were introduced a variety of foods, with the intent of showing them healthy options that they have never heard of or consumed, such as hummus and snap peas. In their meals there were carrots, apples, celery sticks, chia seeds, whole grain crackers, mozzarella, tomatoes, red peppers, green peppers and yellow peppers. The tables that the children ate upon were topped with butcher paper “table clothes” and a plants. The plants were arugula plants that were grown in a previous project.