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Growing Early Sprouts

May 30, 2012

Early Sprouts, KSC's award-winning effort to instill healthy nutrition and eating habits in preschool age children, recently expanded its initiative to reach children in kindergarten through 6th grade participating in afterschool programs. Dr. Karrie Kalich and Dr. Marjorie Droppa, associate professors of health science, have been working on the [after school component](http://sites.keene.edu/newsline/2011/12/06/healthy-living-after- school/) for over a year. In the afterschool setting, Early Sprouts continues to focus on nutrition by engaging children in gardening, exploring, and cooking fresh produce. However, a new addition incorporates activities that also foster math, science, and art skills.

Dr. Beverly Ferrucci and her 4th year math students graciously partnered with the Early Sprouts team to create fun and engaging math activities that utilized the Early Sprouts vegetables. For example, children explore the connection between the size of a squash and the number of seeds it contains, determine the volume of a bell pepper by measuring how much water it holds, and calculate the perimeter of a room using green beans.