Friday, March 12, 2010

Do you need a reason to eat cheese?

Sometimes, my students crack me up!  Today, I wanted to bring a treat for them since they just did so well on their Music Festival performance.  Movie day is a good way to do this.  (I only do this once a year.  Any more than that, and it's no longer a treat!)  The symphony in which I play will be performing the music from "West Side Story" on the next concert.  In order to encourage my students to go to the concert, I brought a copy of the movie to watch.  Even if they don't go to the concert, I thought it would be worthwhile.  Besides, as part of their music education, they really need to know about Leonard Bernstein and his work.

In the past, I have brought donuts as an additional treat to have while watching the movie.  However, since I have been reading so many books about nutrition lately, I just couldn't bring myself to buy donuts for my students today.  When you know exactly what trans fats, sugar, and white flour does to the body, you just can't give that stuff to kids.  I just couldn't do it.   SO, I bought some fresh, local strawberries and some cheese.  (Gouda, Cheddar, and Mango-Ginger Stilton.) 

I didn't know how the kids were going to react to the new "healthy" treat.  (I mean, I didn't really want them to think of me as the lady that gives apples or raisins when trick-or-treaters come around!) It turns out though, that kids love fruit and cheese!  They were so excited.  Some of them didn't really like the Mango-Ginger Stilton, but the ones that did REALLY did.  By far, the favorite was the Gouda.  They all said I should just bring a big wheel of that next time.  The strawberries were also a hit.  (There's nothing better than fresh strawberries that have been ripened on the vine!) 

The thing that really cracked me up was that one student said, "Ms. Lyn, I feel rich!  I mean, eating cheese all by itself for no reason?!"  I guess he thinks that rich people sit around all day and eat cheese.  How funny! 

So, wanna make your kids feel special and rich?  Treat them to fruit and cheese!  (It actually isn't that expensive. The snacks today were only a few dollars more than the donuts would've been.)


  1. Love this post! I remember those movie days. Hooray for you with your healthy snacks. Two years ago we gave peanut butter crackers for Trick or treat. Some kids refused them and couldn't believe we weren't giving candy. Some commented that we were thoughtful by giving a healthy treat. How funny! A week later there was a recall of those crackers for Salmonella. We hope our neighborhood kids didn't get sick.

  2. Thanks for reading! How ironic that the healthier peanut butter crackers were potentially more unhealthy than the candy. Good for you for trying though! Actually, I would've thought kids would like peanut butter crackers (more than apples, anyway). I know I would.

  3. Lyn, I think you are the nicest and most caring teacher I have ever heard of. In my life I've never had a teacher bring along a treat, let alone boutique cheeses and fruit to go with a movie. So thoughtful! Your class are very lucky to have you as a teacher.

  4. You are so nice! What a lovely, lovely thing to say. :-)