Being the person who brings food, worms and outdoor games to classes tends to win me point with the students I teach in grades K-5 at a few small schools in northwestern Montana.

Super Wendy and her sidekick Superhero Blueberry teach MyPlate to Kindergarten

When I paired up with the school nurse to be Super Wendy and Super Blueberry, however, I realized the power of the superhero. On your average day, learning MyTray and the different food groups won’t get Kindergarteners bouncing in their seats and staring at their instructors with wide eyes and open mouths.

Use stickers, throw on a few fun colored wigs, wear bright colored socks over your tights, and throw on a cape and mask and they’ll be hooked–even if they KNOW it’s actually Miss Whitney and the nurse.