On the mornings of April 16 and 17, 2015, approximately 70 second, third and fourth grade students from Piney Point Elementary attended the League’s annual Kids in the Kitchen event. Kids in the Kitchen is a national initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) geared to fight childhood obesity by teaching children about nutrition and lifestyle choices. The program included activities focusing on nutrition, physical fitness and etiquette.
Megan Cooper, Community Special Projects Chairman, kicked off the program by welcoming the students and providing a brief overview of the League’s mission and community programs. Malcolm Rowland, Tea Room General Manager, gave the students a tour of the League building. Students donned personalized chef hats crafted by League VIEW (Volunteers In Evening Workshop) volunteers and colorful aprons as they prepared a salad and healthy desserts for lunch. They also prepared a nutritious entrée to take home with them. The League’s own Ebony Goudeau taught the students about etiquette, manners and proper place settings. Wayne Davis, founder of a Houston nonprofit focused on childhood obesity and exercise, led the students in a fun and energetic workout and emphasized the importance of proper nutrition.
The students ended each day by practicing their proper place settings and good manners while enjoying their delicious lunch in the Tea Room. Each student left with a goody bag filled with a jump rope, a cookbook with recipes in English and Spanish, a cooking spoon and a Family Pass to the Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH).
The children had an amazing time and left with many happy memories and fabulous goodies! The Community Special Projects team – Megan Cooper, Casey Henderson, Courtney Stevens and Danna Davidson White – did an incredible job organizing the event and hosting the wonderful students from Piney Point Elementary. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the event so special!