The Healthy Living/Smashing Veggies songs grew from an idea that combines Creativity with Collaboration. We asked our Director of Child Nutrition to think of ideas for songs that can work as nutrition and well being learning for children. Next, the superintendent turned them into song lyrics and basic compositions and recorded them. These were shared with our artist in residence, strings teacher, Hekar Rivera who composed and recorded the songs more fully. Next, artists in Residence Nee Sackey and Steve Sunnarborg went into the studio and recorded guitar and bass tracks and a few more vocal tracks later the songs were ready to share and perform. This was followed by a world wind three day tour of six schools and twelve performances so all our elementary children could sing, read, play and engage with the ideas of the songs. Finally, the songs, lyrics, and sing along videos are posted on this webpage for students and teachers to return to for learning and enjoyment purposes. Next year, we will ask other staff for song ideas on a new learning theme and the process will continue as well as be enriched by engagement with student performers/musicians as well.