Friday, October 15, 2010

TMA & Savoy’s Great Garden Of Anacostia

Thanks to Ms. Shannon for the great pictures!

The Thurgood Marshall Academy & Savoy Gym was packed on Tuesday, October 12th, with D.C chefs, parents, students and visitors! They were all here to celebrate the beginning of D.C. Farm to School Week and D.C. School Garden Week. TMA was honoured to be chosen to host the event, which celebrates the District’s commitment to use local food in healthy school meals! The event included 200 visitors, including special guests Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Sam Kass, White House Chef and Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives.

TMA’s green club members were essential in the facilitation of the event. Their personalities shined through as they led guests around the garden, and their artistic abilities were obvious as they made signs, posters, and murals for the TMA and Savoy Organic Garden.

The main attraction for the day was a ‘Top-Chef’ cook-off. Chefs competed to create the tastiest dish using local apples. The chefs that participated in the competition were Chef Tee, Lauren Von Der Pool, Oliver and Will Artley. The chefs were assisted by TMA students: Malachi McCaskill, T’Asia Capiers, Akasha Rodgers, and Darvel Suggs. Others students served as the masters of ceremony for this event. TMA and Savoy students sampled each dish and voted for their favorite. The winners, Chef Tee and Malachi, will have their apple-cranberry crisp distributed in every DC public school one day in October.

TMA showed incredible heart and spirit throughout the afternoon. We were very proud of our students for doing a great job. A heart felt congratulations to Mr. Ullery who coordinated this incredible event and opportunity for our students.

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