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Branston 'in a class of its own'

07 April 2010

Food education at a local junior school is really taking root – thanks to the help of Branston. The company joined forces with Branston Junior School to educate children about healthy eating

Branston’s Jo Parish and Simon Telfer visited the junior school early last week to talk to children at a special ‘potato assembly’ where they learnt about potatoes and why they are important for a healthy diet.

During the week, the children took part in a range of potato initiatives which included putting together potato-based recipes, cooking with potatoes and even science projects relating to potatoes!

Headteacher Rachael Shaw said: “We really enjoyed the week of potato activities. We will also be growing our own potatoes, with Branston’s help. We already have vegetable patches which we have put together and we are growing lettuces, radishes and tomatoes, so this initiative will fit very much with the work we are doing on food production already.”

After the week of activities, Jo and Simon returned to the school to find out what the children learned about potatoes, and handed out seed potatoes and a pack of baking potatoes to each child.

Jo, Branston’s account director, said: “We have really enjoyed working with the school on this project, which has strengthened our existing links with them.

“These young people are our customers of the future so we want to do all we can to encourage them to love potatoes. It’s great that we are able to teach them a bit more about why potatoes are healthy.”

Shaw added: “We will be monitoring the growth of the potatoes and the school will be holding little competitions to find the largest potato.”

The school, which has 168 pupils aged between seven and 11, is part of the Branston Community of schools which is aiming to get a Food for Life Award, a nationwide initiative which acknowledges schools focusing on food culture.

The pupils really enjoyed the week of activities. Ten-year-old Katy Allen said: "I have really enjoyed learning about potatoes this week. It was interesting to learn about the different types of potato like Charlotte and King Edward. We also found out that potatoes were the first food to be grown in space."

Kobe Tong, also aged ten, said: “I learnt that potatoes are made up of 80% water and that they are full of vitamins. I didn’t know that before."

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