Paper plate emulates MyPlate at Ariz. schools

Plate encourages elementary school students to fill half with fruits and vegetables.

Sept. 14—Power Play’te, a paper plate design inspired in part by the MyPlate logo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been adopted by two Yuma, Ariz., school districts for lunch use once a week.

Project funder and vegetable grower Vic Smith and plate designer Limelight Creative Group launched the program Sept. 12 at Gary Knox School in Yuma. Power Play’te resembles MyPlate, encouraging elementary school students to fill half with fruits and vegetables.

But it also features characters and a tone more spontaneous than instructional. Students are prompted, for example, to drive fresh broccoli into a dairy depot for ranch dressing, or pair bananas with peanut butter. The tagline is “Grow on, play with your food!”