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Cool Schools 2012: Lambs Elementary School[1] (Added: October 31, 2012)

The classroom extends beyond the walls at Lambs Elementary School in North Charleston. The school’s campus offers outdoor learning opportunities for students and the community. These opportunities al (more)[2]


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The classroom extends beyond the walls at Lambs Elementary School in North Charleston. The school’s campus offers outdoor learning opportunities for students and the community, which allows students to take a hands on healthy and tasty approach to learning, and it’s helping them grow.

Students at Lambs are putting their hands to work, planting seeds to grow vegetables and flowers. It’s all a part of Lambs Elementary’s Farm to School program. Teacher Melinda Justice says, “We started literally from ground zero. We had nothing, now we have rain barrels, hoses, sprinklers, seeds, ten gardens, a green house. The kids have really taken off with the project. It is solely built around students. They do everything from putting the soil into flower beds, to putting compost, mixing it in the soil, keeping up with watering, the weeding, putting the seeds in. It’s completely theres”

The school nurse applied for the Farm to School grant last year to help students learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. Teacher Heather Wiker says, “Right now, we have different kinds of lettuces, peppers, fall tomatoes, acorn squash, the eggplant came back, broccoli, and cauliflower.”

By tending the garden, students discover the importance of nutrition, farming, and buying local produce. The students eat the vegetables they grow. First grade student Victor Santamaria says, “The garden is good because we can eat the vegetables.” First grade student Angelica Paredes says, “They’re really good for you, so you can grow more stronger.” The school also has a humming bird and butterfly garden. Paredes, “Sometimes I can smell some flowers. We can play with butterflies.” School leaders say the gardens help to grow a culture of healthy future leaders. Students are able to use the garden all year long.

Fifth grade student Gracie Hendrix says, “Its pretty fun that we get to experiment with this, and that we learn about planting things, and we’re pushing our education further.”

Principal Jarmalar Logan says, School leaders say the garden is an important component of the schools academic and instructional program. Activities are reflected in reading, writing, math, and science teaching and learning. Logan says, “They’re learning about self health and wellness. They’re learning about nutrition. They’re learning about the environmental piece of things, composting how that’s used in gardens, our students apply what they learn in science instruction, variables, what if i do this with a plant. So it’s expanded so many learning opportunities for our students.”

The green school is also the first school in Charleston county to begin a food waste diversion program. Bosch helped the school build this green house. Also, Lambs won the CCSD recipe contest, where students created a fresh and healthy chicken enchilada recipe, prepared it, and served it to other students at lunch. Contest winner Cameron Shropshire says, “We have fun activities to do and we have lots of fun learning.”

Lambs students also have special fresh fruit tastings. Lowes and Habitat for Humanity helped with the garden as well. Lambs is also a winner of the Wellness Checklist grant and participates in Chef to Schools. Students are actively involved in a tennis team, which competes around Charleston county. The school is also an official National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats Site.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we’ll present Lambs Elementary with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. Send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com. Maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.


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    Healthy Lifestyle? I usually go on a medium intensity run for 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week. In addition, I do a total of at least 150 push ups and sit ups in each work out. I don’t consume more than 1500-1600 calories a day. I eat little to no junk food, and take my vitamins. I’m 18, male, and weigh about 164, around 14 to 15 percent body fat. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? If there are ways to improve, let me know.

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012

      I think you are doing very well. Never give it up and try to maintain it as your lifestyle.

      Good Luck

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    Healthy Lifestyle? I need help with my health hw, so if any of you could help with these questions thanks!

    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
    What should I eat and how often?
    How often should I exercise?
    What type of exercise?
    How hard should I exercise?
    How much time should I spend exercising?
    How much sleep should I get each night?
    How do I deal with stress?
    How should I manage stress?

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012
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    Healthy Lifestyle………? I wanna start a healthy lifestyle but I dunno where to start, can you please help? I’d really appreciate that and by the way, I’m 16.

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012

      Begin by giving up fast food it is so full of fat, sugar, carbs, and all the wrong things for you. My daughter gave up soda and lost 20 pounds because it is loaded with sugar. Eat fish not fried 2 to 3 times a week, chicken 2 to 3 times a week skinless, lots of vegetables, and fruit and you will be getting there.

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    How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

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    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    What Would Happen If Everyone Started Living A Healthy Lifestyle Tomorrow? I’ll start the list:

    + Monsanto would go bankrupt.
    + McDonald’s and KFC would go bankrupt.
    + There would be a huge decline in heart disease and diabetes.
    + There would be a huge increase in commercial and private organic gardening.

    What else would happen if tomorrow everyone learned how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle?

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      • HealthNut
      • November 1, 2012

      Less air pollution
      trader joes and whole foods would have more business
      all soda companies would get less business
      subway would prolly increase in sales.

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