By Noa Bregman
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘bubble?’ Maybe you think of a small child blowing bubbles in the park, or perhaps of a fragile object wrapped in bubble wrap? Whatever it brings to your mind, you probably don’t think of an organization that teaches students about proper nutrition. On November’s Hesed Day, one group of students pioneered a new hesed opportunity. They went to P.S. 194 to help Bubble by picking arugula from the garden, cleaning and rebuilding garden beds, and making pesto sauce for the students to enjoy. The students rushed up to the pesto stand, anxious to get a taste. Many even came back for seconds.
Bubble is frequently asked why the organization chose this seemingly random name. Emily, a volunteer from the organization, explained that they wanted young students to feel excited about Bubble coming to their school. She said that Bubble adds a certain playfulness to the sometimes boring topic of proper nutrition. When asked what her favorite part of working for Bubble is, Emily responded, “working with the kids. It surprises me every time how willing they are to try something new. When we have them cooking or gardening they really get excited to hear that it was grown in the garden.”
Bubble is currently partnered with 250 schools throughout the nation and 19 underserved schools in New York City. Their goal is to educate students about physical activity, gardening, cooking and health. They teach children about planting seeds, cooking food for themselves, eating healthy, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Bubble customizes its programming by school, so every school has a different link to the program. The three branches of programming are the Eats program, the Grows program, and the Moves program. At P.S. 194, Bubble focuses on the Grows program in order to take advantage of the garden space the school has in its backyard. Bubble works alongside colleges that have nutrition programs and send students to work with the organization. Only rarely do they work with high school age students.
Thanks to Bubble, elementary school students are being educated on how to grow and cook their own food, setting them up to live a healthy lifestyle.