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Laurel Lane Elementary Students Learn Science While Making Healthy Alternative to Ice Cream

Natalie Maynes (left) teaches fourth-grade Laurel Elementary School students how to use yogurt to make an ice cream alternative. (Courtesy of WJCC Schools)

WILLIAMSBURG — A fourth-grade summer school class at Laurel Lane Elementary School discovered a creative way to make ice cream last week.

The group of young students learned how to use Greek Yogurt to create an ice cream-like dessert. The lesson was a part of the School Health Initiative Progam (SHIP) at Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Schools.

(Courtesy of WJCC Schools)

SHIP is a partnership between WJCC Public Schools and Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) to support the health and wellness of the division’s staff and students. The program strives to accomplish its mission of creating a healthier community by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyle habits in schools, homes, and the community.

The summer school activity incorporated reading, math, and science. At the same time, it provided students with a hands-on activity to learn how salt combines with ice. The students learned to create their ice-cream-like desserts without using any machines.

(Courtesy of WJCC Schools)

WJCC is also launching its “WJCC Schools Gives Back Campaign” which is a week of community service events from Aug. 1-4.

During the campaign, WJCC Schools’ leaders will volunteer more than 200 hours at 10 different locations in the community.

WJCC Schools Gives Back Schedule:

Monday, Aug. 1
9–11 a.m.

  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (2401 Aluminum Ave., Hampton)

Packing bags for the Food for Kids backpack program.

  • Cedar Grove Cemetery (809 S Henry St., Williamsburg)

Making gravestone name rubbings.

Tuesday, Aug. 2
1-3 p.m.

  • Williamsburg Regional Library (515 Scotland St., Williamsburg)

Distributing books during free book week.

Wednesday, Aug. 3
2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Salvation Army (216 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg)

Sorting back-to-school supplies and packing backpacks

Thursday, Aug. 4
2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Williamsburg Regional Library (515 Scotland St., Williamsburg)

Distributing books during free book week

For more information and updates from WJCC Schools, please check out the school division’s website.

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