Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Ups and Downs of a Revolution

Being a revolutionary is more difficult than it looks.  When we started this journey we believed people would see all that sugar and want to make a change.  How could people not want to be healthy?

Today was a roller coaster of emotions.  What started as a health lesson has turned into so much more.  With all the good stuff comes the not so good stuff, too.  We are learning so much.

First thing this morning, Mrs. Swelander shared her Twitter feed from the #foodrevparty on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.  Thank you @foodrevteam and @jamieoliver for all your kind words and for linking our movie.  It's so nice to share with people around the world.

The Assistant Superintendent of our school district visited our classroom early this morning and we presented our blog and video.  He enjoyed the video and said he would talk to the Superntendent and Board Chair of our district to see if they can visit our classroom.  He encouraged us to talk to other schools about our revolution.  So, if you're one of those schools in Edmonton (or anywhere else in the world) who is following us, we want to talk to you!  Join our revolution! If you live in the United States, be sure to sign Jamie Oliver's petition here.

Our class had a discussion later in the morning.  Mrs. Swelander asked students about how they were feeling about the revolution in general.  These were some of their comments.
~"We need to do a flash mob."
~"We need to talk to more kids.  Adults just don't get it."
~"Why do we need recovery drinks?  Do we need to recover from math?"  (Insert Mrs. Swelander giggling here.)
~"I don't understand why the grown-ups don't see that chocolate milk is bad."
~"Can we work on MooTV Episode 2 now?"

Then we received a good news tweet from @FoodRevTeam and we said,
~"If one kid changes their milk we made a difference.  We rock."

Center time in Grade 2.
 According to Room 13, The Milk Revolution has taken over their center time in Grade 2.  Students have started working on several projects to share what they've learned.  They've even given themselves cool new superhero names.  Awesome!
So, this afternoon full production of Episode 2 began, but our entire computer network crashed and we had to stay offline.  Students danced their way throughout the neighbourhood.  We even found Room 13 (also known as Moo 13) in the library and had them dance too.  Episode 2 is already funnier and more educational than the first. The blooper reel also has plenty of new material. 

And then....(drum roll please) this happened:

Can you find our story on

Our blog suddenly got a bunch of hits, so Mrs. Swelander started investigating and found this on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution website.  You can see the whole article written by Mrs. Swelander here.  We knew about the article, but were keeping it a secret until we knew if it would be published.

So, our class won't be back in session until Tuesday, May 24 while we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday here in Canada.  That will give everyone time to send in their entries for the photo challenge.

From the mouth of a student today,"Once upon a time people thought the world was flat.  Everyone thought the guy who said it was round was crazy.  Now I know how Jamie Oliver feels."

And The Milk Revolution rolls on.


  1. Considering that the students have already attained such a high level of understanding of sugars in chocolate milk, may I suggest that they are fully ready to take this a step higher. Explain to them the vast differences pertaining to health, environment, and humane farming in regular white milk and organic white milk. If they new, they would certainly choose to lift the bar even higher and demand organic white milk in their schools.

    Dawn Papple

  2. Wow! What an inspiration!

  3. This is awesome! You should make a cardboard cut out of a dairy cow and put your blog URL on it :) Take pictures of the cow all over town!

  4. I am so proud of you all. It is amazing to read about you on Jamie Oliver's website. You are definitely making a difference, not just at Westglen, but all over the world. P.S. I have stopped buying chocolate milk and my son is now drinking white milk at home although he still enjoys chocolate milk as a treat now and then.

  5. Thank you for teaching us about chocolate milk and how much sugar it has. Nine of our students changed thier milk because of you guys! Great job Grade 4!

    Room 14 Cow's Moo and Rule