When you've been waiting waiting for summer to hit, it's hard to think about the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend as anything less than a bummer.
And yet, I'm jealous of the students at PS 7 in East Harlem and their plans for today, Tuesday, May 31. This morning, the kids are taking a super-deluxe field trip to one of the country's great restaurants, Gramercy Tavern. It's made possible by Edible Schoolyard NYC, the amazing organization that brings mini farms to public schools and makes children crave fresh berries and carrots. (I once watched a 10-year-old bum out that there were only black currants in the garden of her Brooklyn school, PS 216; she was craving red ones.) A few weeks later, the PS 216 students will visit Gramercy Tavern. (Hopefully they'll have red currants in case that young girl makes the trip.)
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It's amazing to hear a few numbers from ESY: About 76% of parents at the New York City schools where ESY is in effect say their children now eat more healthy foods at home. Some 75% of parents report that their children are more interested in cooking. And, in the East Harlem school, salad bar consumption has gone from 0 percent to 19 percent in two years.