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Quindro Smoothie Challenge

Bryan Nelson,   Quindaro Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Quindro Smoothie Challenge

My 5th grade team and I recently decided to use some available money from our school to purchase a couple blenders and some fruit and vegetables. Our goal is to make different kinds of smoothies that are both available to students and staff during lunch. The plan is to start with our last lunch period with grades 2 & 5. If all goes well, we are going to expand the offering to the other two lunch periods as well. Our school already has a vegetable program, which our kitchen staff utilizes every Thursday afternoon. Every student, allergy forbidding, gets to try a new and exotic vegetable. Fruits come with that every now and then.

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

We're going to start off a little smaller in scale by starting with only Grades 2 & 5. After that, we are going to gradually increase to the other lunch periods; next to Grades 1 & 4, and lastly to Grades K & 3. The kids in our building don't get nearly enough fruits and vegetables during the day, so this is our plan to help them get there! My team has already been active throughout the building, whether it's posting flyers and posters promoting physical activity or healthy eating.

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

The main challenge at first was to figure out when and where I can meet with my team, since we have so many different things going on during the school day. After we settled on a time during Wednesday mornings, my team agreed that we needed to promote positive choices in the classroom, at recess, and in the cafeteria. They signed my poster to help us kick off our program and they've been doing such a great job ever since! I couldn't be more proud of them!