Ashley Kerekes, Pre-K Teacher
square one, springfield, MA
"Beetbox was a huge hit! It literally includes every single thing you could possibly need (except utensils and kitchen tools obviously). There are several more activities we can do in the next few weeks, like science experiments and art. The lesson plans are extremely well thought out, appropriate, and engaging for the kids".
Helene White, Educational Coordinator
Grand Street Settlement Head Start, New York. NY
“I love beetbox! It is such a great program. It gives our inner city school students a chance to taste, cook, touch, and smell fresh produce. In their everyday life this is not an option for them so to be able to provide this service to my teachers is a joy for me. As I observe my teachers and students engaging in the hands on activities, it warms my heart and lets me know I made a great decision choosing beetbox to be incorporated into the educational curriculum that we use at Grand Street. Five words to describe Beetbox: Fresh, fun, interactive, healthy, extraordinary.”
Judy L, UPK Teacher
Grand Street Settlement Head Start, New York, NY
“As a first year Pre-Kindergarten teacher, beetbox plays an integral role within the classroom because it gives us the liberty to incorporate the box into the NYCDOE Pre-Kindergarten units of study. Beetbox allows the students in our class to receive S.T.E.A.M opportunities as the boxes are curated to learn across multidisciplinary subjects. Furthermore, Beetbox provides students a sensory loaded experience. Students can explore using their 5 senses. Beetbox supports critical thinking skills because it gives our students food for thought moments about how food is derived.”
Dr. Azeez Farooki, Endocrinologist
Associate Attending Physician, Endocrinology service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
"Child obesity levels in the US have tripled since the 1970’s. Children across the US are being diagnosed with food related illnesses traditionally associated with adults, such as diabetes.
Beetbox has an admirable mission of educating children right in their classroom about better dietary options. A turnkey box provides in-depth food education to create connections on a much deeper level than a healthy snack or meal ever would. Teachers receive a box with extensive lesson plans, fresh produce for food exploration and cooking, soil and pots to grow their own food, art projects, and more.
Beetbox is an innovative concept that is likely to have an immense impact on early food choices. I am encouraged by it and hope that it will be adopted by schools far and wide. I believe this program could help improve the future health of the nation by engaging and educating children from the outset."
Dr. Jeremy Marriott, Clinical Psychologist
BA Psych/Dis, BSc Psych (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD
children with special needs
"Despite it being of vital importance, many children with special needs I assess and treat have not had the opportunity to learn how the food they eat is grown and prepared. Beetbox addresses this in a motivating, collaborative, informative and scaffolded way. I particularly like the fact that beetbox can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual participant and that it teaches essential skills for life. Hence, my wholehearted endorsement".