STEAM Project Questions Lead to Discoveries

Student's STEAM Project Questions Lead to Discoveries about Mason's Lunch Program
Posted on 10/17/2019

Sixth grader Jiya Thakur knows that food is the fuel for our bodies and our brains. She had questions about Mason City Schools lunch program - and wanted to learn more.  She contacted Child Nutrition Director Tamara Earl with concerns about Mason having enough money to get fresh food and fruits, and made a recommendation that the district buy organic and fresher foods and fruits from a better company.

Earl was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with one of her customers about her department's efforts to serve fresh, healthy food. She and Jiya toured the Mason Intermediate School kitchen to see how workers prepare fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

“We discussed how we do buy some local produce products, and that our food distributor is working with some very innovative growers that treat fields using drones so that only very specific areas are treated.  I also had the opportunity to take Jiya into the kitchen at MI where three Child Nutrition workers were preparing fresh fruits and vegetables and they were able to show her their work. In addition, she toured the walk-in cooler and was able to see our cases of oranges, apples, cucumbers, grapes.”

Jiya followed up with this thank you note.

Dear Mrs. Earl,

Thank you for answering my questions. I told all my friends about it and they said, that's amazing.  Thank you again for your time and I love the cafeteria food and effort you guys do for Mason. Thank you!



About Mason’s Child Nutrition Program

Mason City Schools serve over 25,000 meals a week - the largest restaurant in Warren County! The Child Nutrition Department works diligently to ensure that Mason’s children are getting tasty, healthy meals at a great value - all while ensuring that the program is self-sustaining and doesn’t tap into any of the district’s general funds from the operating budget. Jiya Thakur

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