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Smoothie Time

Dave Gapske,   Dearborn Academy
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
We began serving smoothies to boost the breakfast moral. We wanted to see the impact of students eating breakfast if they were given the opportunity to try something different and it worked. We began serving smoothies at least once a week beginning in January. Our students and staff really enjoyed making and sampling the smoothies.

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

Being our first year and not really knowing what to expect our expectations were really out of this world. We found out that in order to really get this smoothie program headed in the right directions, it cannot be an everyday program for us. The next school year, we plan to set up a more detailed smoothie schedule with classroom contests, voting and taste testing, smoothie making classes that include measurement and nutrition.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

As a whole, our school has transitioned into a healthier school. Students are asking more questions about healthy eating and more students are making the healthy choice to fuel up for the school day. Our school breakfast numbers have increased by at least 30 kids on average after the smoothie program began.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together as a team to figure out a time and location to make and distribute smoothies. We were able to work with the kitchen/nutrition coordinator to find space to make the smoothies and store all the ingredients/supplies. The students were able to advertise/promote, make, and distribute smoothies to kids from Kindergarten-8th graders. Even the adults and parents got into the mix. We are looking forward to making this program a permanent one.