Sherwood Montessori gets national honor

Local K-8 charter school’s food curriculum recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama

Local K-8 charter school Sherwood Montessori was recently invited to take part in the celebrated “Chefs Move! to Schools” program by national nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America. The PHA is working to eliminate childhood obesity in the United States within a generation; First Lady Michelle Obama is its honorary chairwoman.

Sherwood Montessori will receive approximately $2,000 worth of cookware from such top-name companies as All-Clad, Anchor Hocking, T-Fal and Zyliss. The school’s food-centric curriculum teaches its students how to grow healthful food and to cook; widely known longtime chef Richie Hirshen (pictured) is the school’s cooking and gardening instructor.

A letter to Sherwood Montessori director Michelle Yezbick from PHA interim president and CEO S. Lawrence Kocot praised the charter school as being “among schools leading the charge to educate children about healthy eating and … helping us to meet our goal of curbing childhood obesity within a generation.”