Students Celebrate Applesauce & Cider Season

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People / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

By Eliza Mabey


SoRo High School health teacher Jim Hewitt observes some of his students doing a test run of apple preparation for the kindergarten students to help them make apple cider. The SoRo students (l-r) are Brandon Kilburn, Kylie Hebard, and Jacob Hewitt. (Herald / Eliza Mabey) SoRo High School health teacher Jim Hewitt observes some of his students doing a test run of apple preparation for the kindergarten students to help them make apple cider. The SoRo students (l-r) are Brandon Kilburn, Kylie Hebard, and Jacob Hewitt. (Herald / Eliza Mabey) It is that time of year when South Royalton Elementary students, led by PE and health educator Jim Hewitt, look forward to making applesauce and cider during this warm, but sometimes chilly, time of year.

Last week, high school health students spent the afternoon collecting apples on the school’s property, adjacent to the elementary wing. Kindergarten students helped with the grinding and pressing of apples into cider. The cider was then served at the school’s open house, last Thursday.

In the next few months, SoRo students will continue to use the remaining apples to make applesauce for Thanksgiving meals at school. Hewitt explained that the health students will provide health-related lessons to the elementary students this year; further describing how the apple project is related to social learning through role modeling behaviors. The students also learned about the health reasons for pasteurization.

This wholesome and kid-friendly educational activity engages students in communication and learning, while allowing them to experience an activity outside of the normal classroom environment. The tradition of making applesauce dates back to medieval times in Europe, and today is incorporated into locally grown food choices, plus it’s a favorite fall activity for many people.

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