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RSA Snack Cart

Janet Fendos,   Rogers St Academy
Access to Healthy Foods
RSA Snack Cart
The RSA (Rogers Street Academy) Healthy Snack Cart comes around once a week for students in grades 5th – 8th. The students “purchase” snacks with their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports) Paws. The snacks are healthy, pre-packaged snacks that can be eaten easily in the classroom while the students are working. The cart comes around mid-morning (10:00 AM) so that students can Fuel Up and sustain themselves until lunch time.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The FUTP 60 team came up with a healthy snack cart which also ties in with PBIS at Rogers Street Academy. Many of our middle school students do not really care whether they earn tiger “paws” for PBIS. After polling the teachers, deciding which grades would participate, what snacks we would offer on the cart, and making a schedule for FUTP 60 team members to work, we started the Healthy Snack Cart. We have been doing it since December and it has been a hit with students and teachers.

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

I would like to see a Healthy Snack Break incorporated into the daily schedule at (RSA) Rogers Street Academy next school year. Unfortunately, I will not be at RSA next school year, since I will be retiring after 32 years in the classroom. It is my wish that another staff member continues the Fuel Up to Play 60 program next year and pushes for a daily snack break in which students can either bring a healthy snack from home or “purchase” snacks with money from the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.