Community PartnershipsWe love working with our community partners at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary in order to provide enriching educational experiences for our students. We believe these partnerships are essential in helping students make meaningful connections between their learning and their lives out of school.Soft Choice CaresWe are thrilled to partner with Soft Choice Cares as the recipient of their Power Up! Grant for technology. Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary was one of only 5 grant recipients across the nation to receive $10,000 for our school. Our students are now learning from 70 new chromebooks thanks to the generosity of the Soft Choice Cares program.Brighter BitesThis year, we are very fortunate that our school has been selected to be part of the Brighter Bites program which is a nonprofit organization that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, while teaching them how to use and choose a different kind of fast food. They make it fun and it is free!
Researchers at the UTHealth School of Public Health conducted a two-year study evaluating the impact of Brighter Bites on 760 students and their families at nine schools in Houston during the 2013-15 school years. Results from this study have been published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal called Preventive Medicine.
Suffice it to say, science finally proves what we’ve suspected all along:
Brighter Bites works—and works well.HEALTHIER HABITS : Significant increase in amount of fruits and vegetables consumed.LESS ADDED SUGAR: Significant decrease in amount of added sugars consumed among children.MORE HOME COOKING: Twofold increase in cooking meals from scratchHEALTHIER SNACKING: Significant increase in serving more fruits and vegetables as snacks.MORE FAMILY MEALS: Significant increase in eating produce-heavy meals together at homeSMARTER DECISIONS: Twofold increase in using nutrition labels to guide grocery purchases