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PUBLISHED: 11:58 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 14 July 2010

Get watering! Carleton Rode Primary School pupils, from left, William Cunningham, Jade Syder and Joshua Pothecary.

Get watering! Carleton Rode Primary School pupils, from left, William Cunningham, Jade Syder and Joshua Pothecary.

PUPILS at Carleton Rode Primary School were this week encouraged to grow, cook and eat their own food.

Staff from Sainsbury's in Attleborough dropped in to present the youngsters with a gardening kit and information about how food is sourced and produced.

PUPILS at Carleton Rode Primary School were this week encouraged to grow, cook and eat their own food.

Staff from Sainsbury's in Attleborough dropped in to present the youngsters with a gardening kit and information about how food is sourced and produced.

The kit, handed over by duty manager Keith Holmes, includes all the equipment for a class of pupils to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables. The kits are being delivered to selected schools as part of Sainsbury's Active Kids Get Cooking scheme to help schoolchildren understand where food comes from and to help develop their cooking skills.

David Street, head teacher, said: “We're really grateful to Sainsbury's for this great kit. Free materials like this are invaluable and help us educate children about where food comes from and to teach them basic cooking skills - not to mention the importance of healthy eating. Clearly all of this helps towards us achieving the Government's 'healthy school status' and increases our chances of being selected for the Government's Eco-School Award. We can't wait to incorporate the kit into the children's lessons and after-school activities.”

Mr Holmes added: “We are constantly looking for ways to make a positive difference to the local community. The donation of the 'Grow it, Cook it, Eat it' kit is a fun way of educating local school children about where food comes from and to also help teach them about the importance of healthy eating and basic cooking skills.”

The Grow it, Cook it, Eat it kit will be supported by a book with the same title and provides information on food's journey from field to fork. Additional copies of the book will be distributed by post to schools in the area participating in the Active Kids Get Cooking scheme.

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