Appleton student recognized in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-North Haven entered a statement into the Congressional Record to honor Annalee Carroll from Appleton, who visited the White House in August for her healthy recipe.
A copy of the record is below:
HON. CHELLIE PINGREE OF MAINE
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Ms. PINGREE of Maine. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize a young constituent of mine who has proven that vegetables aren't just healthy, but delicious.
In August, the White House invited children from across the country to a "Kids State Dinner" to highlight healthy recipes that they submitted. Twelve-year-old Annalee Carroll from Appleton, Maine, was selected to represent our state with her recipe for turkey dumplings.
Full of healthy ingredients, Annalee's turkey dumplings can be made in a flash — and look tasty enough to disappear from dinner plates just as quickly.
While parents have been the ones historically to tell their children to eat vegetables, we all have something to learn from Annalee and her peers. Go into a school cafeteria in Maine these days and you're likely to see kids happily gobbling up kale instead of French fries. In between classes, they're tending to the school garden. On the weekends, they're introducing their parents to the local farmers market.
What's behind the change? For years, children learned little — if anything — about what they ate and where it came from. Today, though, more schools are connecting students directly with their food sources. Children are literally getting their hands dirty while learning about the places and people producing their food. With that first-hand information, students more often opt for fresh, healthy foods, many of which can be grown locally or even in school gardens.
I am grateful that the White House, and in particular the First Lady, has done so much to raise awareness about eating healthy, and to celebrate kids who are leading this positive change. Congratulations to Annalee on her excellent recipe!