Over the last few months, the Blackcurrant Foundation has been working with primary schools all over the UK in a bid to educate school children on the benefits of the number one superfruit and ensure that blackcurrants were included in the National Curriculum.
With the help of the National Schools Partnership, teaching materials were developed to educate pupils about healthy eating and the benefits of ‘eating a rainbow’. These were supported by a selection of creative exercises to complete such as ‘Fruity Fun Out of School’ identifying various fruits in the supermarket and ‘I can write a juicy poem’. By the end of the campaign on 31st July 2009, over 900 schools had signed up to receive educational materials.
As part of the educational process, children were also asked to design their very own blackcurrant superhero to be in with a chance of winning the prize of having their design worked up by a professional illustrator for use on the Blackcurrant Foundation website and promotional materials. With such a fantastic prize on offer, it will come as no surprise to hear that the entries came flooding in!
It was a tough job, but after sifting through nearly 500 entries, a winner was finally chosen. A seven year old from Bristol scooped the top prize and walked away with a state of the art smoothie maker in addition to seeing his cartoon come to life.