The 2021-2022 school year brings 6 new schools to the Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Middle Schools through Project Healthy Schools program, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan. As a celebration, all new schools held an apple tasting event during the fall semester. The apples were graciously donated by the Michigan Apple Committee, a long-term supporter of the PHS program. Each school received 3 varieties of Michigan-grown apples, an apple cutter, and tasting ballots. Events were held during the school lunch period, where students and staff were invited to sample 3 apple varieties and vote on their favorite apple.

These events brought awareness to the schools of the BHC:PHS program, the work of the Michigan Apple Committee, and the rich diversity of Michigan-grown apples. They also provided both students and staff the opportunity to learn which type of apple they liked best. Schools can use the voting results to provide their favorite apple more often within their lunchroom and school menus. Please join us in welcoming the following schools to the BHC:PHS program this school year:

Stevenson Middle School – Westland, MI
Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy – Grand Rapids, MI
Pathfinder Middle School – Pickney, MI
Boyd W. Arthurs Middle School – Trenton, MI
Woodley Leadership Academy – Saginaw, MI
Great Lakes Learning Academy – East Lansing, MI

Students Taniya Radden and Tanis Keaton participate with the Apple Tasting Event at Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy.

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