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National School Lunch Week's Mobile Milk Mustache Booth

Nichole Villarreal,   Montclair Elementary School
Milk Mustache Booth
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Teamwork,  Other
National School Lunch Week's Mobile Milk Mustache Booth

For the first time ever our school decided to celebrate National School Lunch Week. Throughout the week we gave stickers to students that ate all five food groups on their tray. My Fuel Up to Play 60 team decided to make it a family event. The students invited parents and guardians to come have a healthy school lunch with them. That day my team walked the cafeteria giving out I Love Milk stickers to students and parents drinking milk. The Fuel Up team also went around taking pictures in our mobile milk mustache booth. The student team made a Got Milk! Frame and took it around to the tables to take pictures of all our students and families that love milk. The best part was that the parents loved how much the kids knew about healthy eating and the kids loved showing them.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

My student team had to first get permission from the principal who thought that it was a great idea. Next had to work on getting the word out with notes sent home by working with the instructional para and the front office. The team then had to work with the cafeteria manager to make sure that enough food would be ordered for the day of event. Finally the student team had to work with the cafeteria monitors by making sure they had stickers to hand out all week and the day of the family event.

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

The main challenge that my team faced was parents bring outside food to the event. We had to make sure that parents knew that we wanted them to eat the cafeteria food. We sent home notes explaining what we were doing. Parents loved it and ended up enjoying the food that was served.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I’ve seen a huge improvement at school lunch time with the kids. They stop and tell monitors what they are eating and if they are missing a food group. They are drinking more milk and trying new foods that they were scared to try before.