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Late Start with Good Results

By
Trent Quarton,   Matheny-withrow Elementary School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Success with Funds
Late Start with Good Results
I transferred over here to Matheny as the P.E. teacher and program advisor in January. Matheny-Withrow Elementary had previously been a Touchdown School for six straight years. Our Breakfast for Everyone Play, including our Grab n Go options, was our focus starting out. Due to the success of FUTP 60 at our school in the past, we were chosen for an virtual player visit from Bears LB Sam Acho. Our students really enjoyed getting to ask Mr. Acho questions and this event sparked interest around the school, which will help more students get involved for the coming year. We appreciate the funds and overall promotions of FUTP 60 at our school.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I met with students on a bi-weekly basis during their breakfast to talk about challenges we could accomplish as a school. Students chose challenges to complete together.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenge was getting a late start to our FUTP 60 program, but students have shown initiative and new interest throughout the winter and spring.

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

Luckily, we have a school improvement grant, which gives us extra funds to keep programs like Grab n Go breakfast running without issues.