The Dalton School | NEW YORK, USA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Dalton School, New York, USA wants to initiate a project related to diet and access to healthy, low cost options that they’re calling Seeds for Change. The overarching aim of the project is to combat the rising obesity epidemic in the United States. Locally, they plan to work with children and families to cultivate produce in public parks and rooftop gardens/greenhouses.

They additionally plan to work with school administrators to provide up-to-date health education for their students on reducing their carbon footprint and creating mindful food habits. As stated by the Partnership for a Healthier America, “For the first time in our history, the United States is raising a generation of children who may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents.” The goal of their project is to provide local access to low-cost produce in low-income neighborhoods, while simultaneously educating youth on the obesity epidemic affecting not only the United States, but the entire world, and the steps that can be taken to stop it. This will increase the sustainability of low-income communities and reduce their carbon footprint.

Representing Dalton School are Morgan Webber-Ottey, Mykel Nairne, Lindsay Solotar, and Emily Smul (students).

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.

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