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This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
About (1) of Americans age six to (2) are considered overweight. To reduce those numbers, some schools are teaching children to make better food (3).
TEACHER AND STUDENT:"So I can have spinach and what, who can give me one (4). Spinach and -- Diego?""Eggplant?""Eggplant. Spinach and eggplant. So here is my first combination."
Hannah Chen is teaching the eight and (5) year olds in this math class in Washington how to make (6).
HANNAH CHEN:"We just incorporated food into different types of combinations, like with the (7) we had two types of toppings that the (8) can provide, and figuring out the different combinations using those toppings."
The EW Stokes Public Charter School has started to include food topics in its third-grade math and English teaching. The school formed a partnership with Seedling Projects, an (9) group in San Francisco, California.
Peter Nalli is a curriculum director for the program called Farm to Desk. He says they are doing this in part to address the issue of childhood (10).
PETER NALLI:"One of the main components of our program is our (11) that if kids are exposed to positive and healthy (12) about food throughout the (13) day, that has the most (14) to impact long-term change."
School chef Makeisha Daye says the school buys most of (15) food from local farms, but the students grow some (16).
MAKEISHA DAYE:"They are (17) everything now so that we will be using fresh herbs, fresh (18) straight from our garden. So, the children, they love it."
Teacher Hannah Chen agrees.
HANNAH CHEN:"We have a (19) bar at the school, and now the kids love the salad bar. They love the (20) and vegetables. So I think it is making a big difference in their (21)."
She says the third graders have also learned to read the sugar and (22) content listed on food (23). She says the EW Stokes Public Charter School in Washington plans to expand the Farm to Desk program to other (24) next year.
Charter schools get (25) money but do not have to follow the same (26) as traditional public (27).
Many charter schools have specialized areas of study -- like Environmental Charter High School near Los Angeles. Students learn the (28) of protecting the environment. Rigo Estrada (29) he used to be the kind of person who threw trash on the street.
RIGO ESTRADA:"But now that I have seen firsthand (30), I have done beach cleanups, I have helped develop like water-catchment (31), I have taught (32) schools like the importance of water (33), I know the importance of green and that it (34) is a really serious topic."
Students also learn how to prepare a business plan that they can use to help pay for (35). They learn from teachers and outside experts like Nancy Gale. She owns an environmentally friendly business that makes (36).
NANCY GALE:"The idea behind the program is that if these kids see what they can do together and what they can accomplish, that they (37) that their (38) extend into the same (39) world as kids that go to successful (40) schools."
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, available online at voaspecialenglish.com and on the VOA Learning English on Facebook. I'm Steve Ember.


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