Stewart Elementary School
Students Enjoy a Sweet Valentines with Sweet Peppers PDF Print E-mail

Stewart Elementary kindergarten and first graders enjoyed candy this Valentine’s Day but another kind of sweet treat too – sweet peppers. Through Pick a Better Snack and Try Day Friday programs delivered by Washington County Extension, over 200 youth learned about, saw examples of and tried peppers – SWEET peppers – for Valentines.

Both programs bring fresh fruit or vegetables into the classrooms for snacks. During Try Day Friday kindergarteners saw the variety of hot and sweet peppers, learned about their hollow insides and learned how you can ‘eat the rainbow’ when eating peppers. 1st graders learned about the USDA Healthy MyPlate and how each meal should include the 5 food groups. They tried three colors of sweet peppers.

These healthy living programs are supported by Washington County Extension, Fareway and the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. Contact the Extension Office, 319-653-4811, with questions or to help fund this program financially. More photos are posted at “Washington County 4-H-Iowa” Facebook with up to date information on other youth programs around the county.

Ms. Jill Bader’s kindergarten students gave the sweet peppers a thumbs up and enjoyed seeing the variety of hot pepper shapes and sizes too.

Little Demon Dance Clinic PDF Print E-mail

Little Demon Dance Clinic 18-19

Thank You WCRF! PDF Print E-mail

Thank You Washington County Riverboat Foundation for your grant of $36,956 for our 1:1 Technology for grades K-2 project! These funds will help the District add enough iPad and Chromebook devices at Stewart Elementary to make one available for every student.

The First Kids in the Kitchen Club Graduates with Success PDF Print E-mail

32 1st and 2nd graders from Stewart Elementary successfully completed the first 4-H Kids in the Kitchen Club on February 22. They celebrated their learning at the last meeting by sorting many foods into the Healthy MyPlate, measuring ingredients and then preparing their own protein quesadilla with all the fixings.



Kids in the Kitchen is a new after school 4-H Clover Kid club teaching members to have kitchen sense and safety while they learn about the major food groups and making healthy choices for their growing bodies. This club met every Thursday after school during January and February.


Members have explored the tasty fun of the kitchen when making Breakfast Splits, Bagel Pizzas, Whole Grain Cereal Treats, Ratatouille, Veggie Dip, Fruit Salsa and Quesadillas with ISU Eat Smart, Spend Smart healthy recipes. They have learned and practiced correct handwashing and how to measure dry and liquid ingredients. Each week they do some fun exercises together and use the healthy MyPlate to identify food groups.


Washington County Extension and Washington County Hospitals and Clinics partnered together to bring this afterschool club to Stewart. The Kids in the Kitchen curriculum is a product of Iowa 4-H. Volunteers assisting with the program included Amy Martin, Cindy Epperly, Janet Schiebel, Jaycee, Mandernach, Macy Driscoll, Myles Jones, Brynn Beenblossom, Sydney Cuddeback, Akira Bowen with support from Washington County 4-H/Youth Coordinator Amy Green.


“This curriculum has such a place in our world today as it teaches the importance on healthy living and food choice and keeping kids safe in the kitchen. It follows the 4-H model to do, reflect and apply with kids,” explained Green, “and they loved every hands-on minute cutting, measuring, stirring, and cooking. Eating was, of course, their favorite part. It was wonderful to see the pride they took in their recipes.”


The Washington County Extension Office hopes to expand this club in future years, please contact them if interested in sponsoring or volunteering or with any questions about this Healthy Living Club or how to get involved with other youth activities as a member or volunteer.



1st Graders Learn the Healthy MyPlate PDF Print E-mail

The first graders at Stewart Elementary are into week four of the Pick a Better Snack program delivered by Washington County Extension/4-H. Tuesday, February 13 they enjoyed spinach salad and learning how those dark colored fruits and vegetables pack a powerful punch of nutrients. Each week students assist handing out the snack practicing safe food handling. Jace Kinzenbaw, son of Jamie and Jermey Kinzenbaw, handed out spinach to his classmates in Mrs. Rhiannon Long’s first grade classroom. Students also worked together to sort foods into the correct food groups on the Healthy MyPlate.


The Stewart Elementary Pick a Better Snack program is supported by Washington County Riverboat Foundation and Washington County Extension. If you have any questions about the Pick a Better Snack program or would like to volunteer or sponsor, please call the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.



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