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Celebration of National World Milk Day

Stephen Cefalu,   Madisonville Junior High School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2019 NATIONAL WORLD MILK DAY AT MADISONVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL Madisonville Junior High School kicked off their yearly “Fuel Up To Play 60” program with a bang as they celebrated National World Milk Day with a gala school-wide event. The world famous Chick-fil-A cow greeted students as they entered MJH’s “ Fuel Up To Play 60 café”. On display throughout the MJH café were specially designed student artwork celebrating masking healthy eating choices, and the importance of dairy products. MJH teachers, dressed up as square dancers, serenaded students with festive music as they entered the MJH café. The highlight of each lunch was the annual MJH World Milk Day milk drinking contest. The contest pits five randomly selected students who compete with each other to see who can drink a carton of their favorite milk the fastest while being cheered on by their peers. At MJH’s National World Milk Day gala celebration, every contestant was a winner. Each contestant received special prizes from the Fuel Up To Play 60 program and gift certificates from the Chick-fil-A cow.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Madisonville Junior High School’s student body, faculty, and the Chick-fil-A cow helped us celebrate National World Milk Day in our official Fuel Up To Play 60 cafe'. We had a milk drinking contest at every lunch and gave Fuel Up To Play 60 prizes for all participants. Some of the faculty dressed up in square dancers and danced during lunch to square dancing music. We had displays comparing the healthy, nutritional qualities of dairy foods to soft drinks, and unhealthy snacks and foods.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Our computer teacher, Travis Constanza, and I are having students begin working on tackling and completing the challenges. Our goal is to surpass over the 1450 challenges that the students collectively completed. As always, we will give these students some of the Fuel Up To Play 60 "goodies" that we have as an extra incentive. We are also going to talk to the students about setting their goals on being the best so they can be considered for the 2020 Fuel Up To Play 60 summer summit.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Last year we added smoothies to the menu. Everyone loves them! We have expanded our Flag Football experience. We have a school walking team. Together the students, faculty, staff, and administration walk over 1,000,000 miles during a ten month school year. We had a student competition to see who could draw the best National World Milk day poster. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners. We will purchase NFL /Fuel Up To Play 60 flags to display at school and sporting events.