Eager second-graders at Hettie Halstead Elementary School were armed with their watering cans, dirt clods, pots of recycled material, and vegetable seeds as the Copperas Cove H-E-B Plus kicked of its Let’s Get Growing program, teaching the 70 youngsters not only about healthy eating habits but also how to grow their own vegetables at home.

H-E-B provided all the materials for the educational activity, which was piloted at Halstead.

The students reviewed the importance of a balanced diet covering vitamins A, B, C, and D and the foods that provide these necessary nutrients.

Students were also provided a take-home bag of fruit, including an orange, banana and an apple.

Every student also received a My Plate place mat from H-E-B to understand the importance of eating the right amount of vegetables daily.

Let’s Get Growing is the second Central Texas program that H-E-B has piloted in the Copperas Cove Independent School District.

Last year, H-E-B piloted the Be a Buddy, Not a Bully program at Williams/Ledger Elementary.

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