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Fuel Up with Milk at Piney Point

Nora Ryan,   Piney Point El
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds, Teamwork,  Other
Fuel Up with Milk at Piney Point
We all know the importance of starting the day with a healthy meal. The first meal in the morning provides the energy needed throughout the day. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein may boost kids’ attention span, concentration and memory, which they need to learn in school. Piney Point Elementary is a Title I school. Every child receives free breakfast in the classroom daily. Our Ambassadors did an investigation by visiting the classrooms during breakfast time and their results showed that kids were not consuming enough milk with their breakfast. They decided to share the reasons of how important it is to drink milk to the students.  After they shared the importance of consuming milk, they continued to visit the classrooms and noticed that more kids were drinking their milk with their breakfast and therefore, they decided it was time to take it to the next level. They searched for some smoothie recipes through and shared samples with the students during breakfast time. They included two different types of smoothies, one was a Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie. The ingredients used in this recipe were milk, yogurt, strawberries, honey, vanilla and cocoa powder. The other smoothie was Green Monster Smoothie. They wanted the students to taste the two different kinds of smoothies to see which one they liked better, so they asked the students to raise their hand to the smoothie they preferred. Obviously, there were more hands raised for the strawberry and chocolate smoothie. The ambassadors didn’t think the students would like the green one because of its look and the spinach it contained. To their surprise many students changed their mind once they tasted both. They realized that both drinks were healthy snacks to eat at any time. The ambassadors entered a nutrition contest with the Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie and won the contest advertising healthy snacks with yogurt. We are proud of our Ambassadors for taking their time to make a difference in our community.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The Ambassadors received a lot of support from different members of our community. We had some staff members and parent volunteers helping the Ambassadors making the smoothies. The cafeteria staff provided the milk and the bananas. The Alliance of Healthier Generation gave us a gift certificate for $200 to purchase the rest of the ingredients needed to make the smoothies. We are proud to have them as community partners and for their support in making a difference in our community.