Corn-shucking competition results in learning and fun
Posted on 10/09/2019
Montclair Elementary second-graders at the starting line for cornhusking raceThe sounds of shucking could be heard this past September all around county elementary schools, as second-grade students participated in the annual corn-shucking contest. The event, sponsored by Prince William County’s Food and Nutrition Services, provides fun, hands-on, and meaningful connections for students to support their learning of plants. This contest teaches students about the edible parts of plants, where food comes from, and what everyday items are made from corn. Locally grown corn is used for the competition each September when it is easily available, as part of the Farm to School initiative.

At Mountain View Elementary School, Cafeteria Manager Alex Kwak showed 96 second graders how to shuck corn, and the four classes of newly-trained corn-shuckers set off in a race to get their cobs shucked the fastest. Allison Hintosh’s class took first place, earning each student a fitting prize —a bag of popcorn. Cafeteria Manager Alex Kwak shows Mountain View ES students how to husk corn.

“The kids had a blast!” shared Terri Costello, second grade teacher at Mountain View. “They were loudly chanting ‘shuck, shuck, shuck’ and ‘shuck that corn.’ On Friday, when the cafeteria hostesses served corn as a side vegetable, just about every second grader stood in line to purchase a cob!”