Neely Yancey – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)– LRHS cafeteria manager Carolyn Henderson is urging an end to food-based classroom rewards.
“I hope that LRHS teachers will take interest in offering rewards other than food,” said Henderson. “There are many great ideas of what to provide students for their achievements.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), child obesity in the United States has tripled since the 1970s, and 1 in 5 school-aged children is obese.
According to the Connecticut Department of Education, schools may be one of the contributing factors to the increase of childhood obesity.
Food rewards such as candy are commonly given to children in classrooms for good behavior or grades. Unfortunately, rewarding children with food for their efforts can result in major consequences, including obesity in early childhood and adulthood.
Rewarding children with food in the classroom also compromises classroom learning. While being fed unhealthy food, children can learn unhealthy eating habits, which can later contribute to poor health and the overconsumption of unhealthy foods.
University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Obesity & Food Policy Director Marlene Schwartz said, “Rewarding children with unhealthy foods in school undermines our efforts to teach them about good nutrition. It’s like teaching children a lesson on the importance of not smoking, and then handing out ashtrays and lighters to the kids who did the best job listening.”
Considering that obesity in American children is quickly increasing, there are many ways that obesity can be prevented at home and school. Reducing food rewards or providing alternatives can significantly impact these growing numbers.
Taylor Jefferson – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS college algebra and geometry teacher Meghan Sugalski has started her annual post-senior project, and it’s not
For the project, students must search the three colleges that the student wants to attend, go to each of the college websites, and find their course catalogs. They also must find the general education math requirements.
Sugalski said, “This project gives students an idea of what other math classes they need to or don’t need to take to get into these colleges.”
Sugalski has been doing this project for about six years now, and said the student response has been generally positive.
Jamie Tarriela – LRHS News
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Sarasota Orchestra Youth program is one of the best music programs in Florida. Students from across Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tampa, including numerous Mustangs, travel to Sarasota in order to participate throughout the year.
The Sarasota Orchestra supports seven different ensembles within the Youth Orchestra Program and also hosts a three week long Summer Music Camp.
The Youth Orchestra Program is a 30 week long commitment that lasts from September to April. It is separated into seven different orchestra levels.
The students must audition for the separate orchestras, and are expected to attend all of the two-and-a-half hour rehearsals held weekly.
Junior Cypress Potter said, “I’ve been a part of the Youth Orchestra Program for nine years now. I began playing when I was eight, since then I’ve never stopped playing. The instructors there have taught me almost everything I know, and each of them has their own unique style and personality.”
This year, the Summer Music Camp will be held from June 26 – July 14, and is accepting band and orchestra students of all levels.
LRHS Orchestra Director Daniel Shafer said, “I highly recommend the programs at the Sarasota Orchestra because they are some of the few places that students can go to find others that are truly passionate about music. Joining a program requires a whole new level of commitment, but they each give students a great amount of music experience and training.”