Evart middle-schoolers learn about fitness, nutrition

EVART — More than 30 Evart Middle School students crowded around tables on Tuesday, Feb. 27, eagerly volunteering to clean their group’s work space, collect supplies or add ingredients to the different recipes used during Wildcat FUNatics.

Wildcat FUNactics is an after-school program funded by the General Mills Foundation grant and aimed at teaching students how to be active and prepare healthy snack, according to EMS language arts and science teacher Sherry Morgan.

“This is about the fourth year we have offered this program,” Morgan said. “We do about an hour of physical fitness and an hour of cooking.”

Morgan coordinates the fitness portion of the two-hour program with physical education teacher Michelle VanBuren. Math teacher Deb Vincent prepares the recipes and supplies for the cooking portion of the program.

When cooking, students break into groups, with each member given the opportunity to participate in the hands-on experience.

“This program is great for socialization,” VanBuren said. “The students are having to work together and that is a huge thing for these kids.”

VanBuren said FUNatics teaches students lessons they can use throughout their lives, such running and skating, as well as preparing nutritional snacks.