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Students’ culinary outlook blossoms at Botanical Garden

North East ISD’s health and wellness student leaders jumped on a bus and headed to San Antonio’s own Botanical Garden on Feb. 28. The student team is part of K-SHAC or the Kids School Health Advisory Committee, led by Rachel Naylor, director of physical education and health at NEISD. The visit served as a great opportunity for the students to learn about gardening and horticulture, and the importance of incorporating that knowledge in the kitchen.

K-SHAC students are select campus representatives that learn, implement, and help improve school policies through their own eyes and actions. They are the voice for the student body in regard to both physical and mental health through the use of different activities and technologies.

Chef Dave Terrazas, culinary and wellness program specialist at the Botanical Garden led the activity. Chef Terrazas hosts the garden’s CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) program. This citywide program aims at creating a curriculum and a set of lesson plans that can bring families together in the kitchen.

“The Botanical Garden is absolutely beautiful. It is definitely a place I want to bring my family and friends,” said Audrey Graham, Churchill High School senior.  “I learned how easy it is to garden and how you can do it on your own time to really make a difference in your own lifestyle and your friends as well.”

Check out more information on the CHEF Teaching Kitchen at the San Antonio Botanical Garden website.

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