Fruitport schools participate in Big Crunch

Krystle Wagner • Oct 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

FRUITPORT TWP. — At precisely 1:21 p.m., the students and staff throughout the Fruitport school district took a bite of apples.

The district’s participation in The Big Crunch was part of a statewide event to help promote local farmers and healthy snacks. Staff and students also used the event as a way to unite against bullying.

Cherry Capital Foods organizes Michigan Apple Crunch Day. According to the organization’s website, more than 400,000 people were expected to participate in it.

Shettler Elementary School Principal Janelle Duffey said her students take a nutrition class offered by the YMCA, and The Big Crunch partners with the healthy lessons. Duffey said the program teaches students how to make healthy snacks.

As Shettler staff and students prepared for The Big Crunch, they formed “2017” on the school’s soccer field. Students waved their apples as Jeff Schurman, who works at Fruitport Middle School, flew his drone overhead for video and pictures.

Last year, the group ate their apples while also forming the shape of an apple.

Fourth-graders Maliya Bell and Keaton VerMerris said they liked that everyone joined together for the fun apple event, but also took a stance against bullying.

With everyone taking a bite at the same time, third-grader Addison Fairbanks said it was a neat event.

“It was pretty cool,” she said.

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