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Early Childhood Education associates teach Pre K about nutrition

The Newton College and Career Academy's Early Childhood Education recently made nutrition books for students. It was an interactive project for the high school students making them and the preschool students receiving them. Photo courtesy of Victoria Yashin

The Newton College and Career Academy's Early Childhood Education recently made nutrition books for students. It was an interactive project for the high school students making them and the preschool students receiving them. Photo courtesy of Victoria Yashin

COVINGTON -- At the Newton College and Career Academy, Early Childhood Education student associates teach the prekindergarten class about healthy eating habits through a nutrition book about the right foods to eat.

Porterdale Elementary School has moved one of its preschool classes to NCCA so associates in the childcare pathway can have a hands-on learning experience.

"We love working with our early learning center friends," said Nakayla Banks, a senior who hopes to go on to be a preschool teacher herself. "They give us an insight on how it really is teaching young children and the difficulties that come with it. It also builds our work ethic when we actually start in the field."

Janice Garrett, the trainer who teaches the ECE class, felt that making a nutrition book was an interactive way that was not overwhelming for her students and the preschoolers that were receiving the books.

"I hope my students take away healthy eating habits themselves, but more importantly, I hope they have a breakdown on what they learned from a teacher's point of view and how much time it takes for teachers to do activities like this with our students," she said. "Making 22 books by hand was time consuming, there was a lot of planning and also implementing the project itself."

Student McKenzie McGowan said that the purpose is to show students the main food groups and how eating healthy is important for their futures.

"The chapter 'My Plate' in our books was about nutrition for young kids and we thought it would be fun to collaborate with our friends and give them something that has visuals and something the kids can relate with," said student Jakiya Thompson.

Student Ansleigh Ray said they feel they are helping better the community.

"It gives our friends a strong foundation that will lead them to a healthy lifestyle that they will pass down for generations to come," she said.

The associates will expand their relationship with the preschoolers by doing more interactive projects like this in the future.