TEACHING KIDS TO CARE
Twice a year, we at Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton teams up with our adopted school, M.K. Rawlings Elementary in Pinellas Park, FL, with a corporate-wide Doubletree program called “Teaching Kids to CARE”. Each spring and fall, we have a special lesson plan to teach to the students, which usually involves going “green” with recycling efforts, planting trees for Earth Day, or donating food to less fortunate around the holidays.
This spring, we teamed up with the 3rd graders at M.K. Rawlings Elementary with our “Grow a Garden” lesson plan! As always, our Teaching Kids to CARE team works hard to make our lessons meaningful to our local community. Since Florida is a great source of locally grown produce, meat and seafood, we had a lot to talk about! It was amazing to see how much the 3rd grade students already knew about this topic.
Our Executive Chef spent time asking the students what foods they enjoy eating and talked about how he makes the food in our restaurant taste great by sourcing ingredients from nearby sources, which cuts down on carbon emissions from delivery vehicles & supports local farmers and fisheries. He also passed around examples of fresh cut herbs for the students to experience with their 5 senses as we discussed how herbs grown in our own gardens can make the foods we eat taste spectacular! Finally, we helped our students plant herb gardens of their own from seeds (using recycled milk containers they saved from their lunches) and we left each teacher with a potted herb garden to grow in the classroom. At the end of each lesson, we shared our “cookie care” by leaving all 120 student and teachers our favorite treat… a delicious chocolate chip cookie!