Carrot-Themed Art Contest Provides a Feast for the Eyes
Austin ISD elementary students were challenged recently to create original artwork for the district’s Farm Fresh Fridays program.
Farm Fresh Fridays is a farm-to-school initiative that brings vegetables from Johnson’s Backyard Garden directly to lunch tables in all AISD schools every Friday.
Out of 200 submissions, McBee Elementary fifth-grader Zara Lopez-Pina placed first; her brother, McBee fourth-grader Javier Lopez-Pina, placed second; and Natividad Ignacio, a Jordan Elementary fourth-grader, placed third.
McBee art teacher Megan Zaner said her students were very excited to learn they'd won the contest.
"They had a glowing look of pride and success on their faces," she said. "Their classmates all cheered for them. It was priceless. We announced it to the whole school during a Friday morning assembly and celebrated their success.”
Jordan art teacher Jessica Foster said she kept the win a surprise until she could announce it to Natividad's class and teacher.
“Natividad was so excited when she found out she won. Her classmates were very supportive and congratulated her," she said. "We also threw her a "carrot party," where I brought my pet rabbit and her class ate carrots together in celebration of her accomplishment."
In addition to the celebrations, the students received a gift bag containing art supplies and vouchers for Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
The students' artwork will also be used to promote Farm Fresh Fridays and will be displayed in every cafeteria in the district.
For more information on the district's food services program—including the two food trucks traveling among campuses—please visit Austin ISD Nutrition & Food Services online.