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Harvest Festival at Redwood Elementary, W. Orange

Several hundred children ran relay races, enjoyed healthy snacks, and planted basil and pea sprouts at the Harvest a Healthy Kid celebration on Monday, Oct. 28. The Wellness on Wheels van, sponsored by St. Barnabas, taught students how to make no-flour chocolate chip cookies using garbanzo beans as a substitute for flour. Movement exercises, a football toss, an obstacle course, and playground fun were also part of the agenda.

Students used the greenhouse work stations to plant peas, which do well in cooler weather. Each student was given a cup into which they put garden soil; then they seeded the peas, which had been pre-soaked for faster germination. The peas will grow into shoots with tendrils and which can be cut and put into salads. Basil sprouts were also planted, and they do surprisingly well in cooler temperatures.

With Halloween being only a few days away, the pumpkin “carving” station was very popular. Students drew faces on their pumpkins using markers. In addition, there were arts and crafts activities.

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Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges-West Orange

The West Essex YMCA features an indoor pool with aquatic programs and swim lessons, cardio and strength conditioning equipment, fitness classes for all levels, sports and enrichment classes, and a supervised child watch.