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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 1/3/2013

'Healthy' Vending Gives NC Schoolchildren Practical Algebra Lessons

Emily Jed
TAGS: school vending, healthy vending, vending machine products, vending profit, seventh graders, Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville NC, algebra, North Carolina sustainability standards, healthy" vending machines

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Seventh graders at Evergreen Community Charter School here are honing their algebra skills outside the classroom by calculating which products meet the school's new "healthy" vending standards and deliver the most profit.

As one of two North Carolina schools to earn the state's Green Ribbon Schools designation, the school has committed to new guidelines to sell healthier, more environmentally friendly foods and beverages. One major change will be eliminating the sale of sodas, which will be replaced by water and sparkling fruit juice drinks.

The seventh grade math class has been crunching numbers to calculate which snacks and drinks meet the Green Ribbon nutrition and sustainability standards, according to the Asheville-Citizen Times.

In the coming weeks, the group will analyze the fastest and slowest sellers and pinpoint the items that earn profits and those that don't, according to the paper.

Profits from the donated "healthy" vending machines will help fund the seventh grade's spring canoe trip.

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