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Smoothie Tuesday- River View Style

By
Molly Maurer,   River View Mid
Play:
Snack Smarter Schoolwide
Topics:
Student Leadership
Smoothie Tuesday- River View Style
Our Success Story revolves around our FUTP 60 school initiative of Smoothie Tuesday, a bi-monthly smoothie snack after-school option for students. The FUTP 60 leaders develop the smoothie flavor of the month, make the smoothie’s, and sell them for a small price after school. FUTP 60 leaders are expected to arrive early to gather all ingredients (some purchased by the advisors and some provided through Chartwell’s, our school food service provider). After gathering the ingredients students then begin to create the smoothies with our 3 Ninja Blenders. Once blended, the students work collaboratively to prepare both our smoothie locations on the first and second floors of our school. Students pour into 9 oz cups and sell for $1.00.  After only two Smoothie Tuesday’s, students have sold 300 smoothies, used over 55 lbs of yogurt, 5 gallons of milk, and over 20 lbs of fruit. Our entire school community seems to enjoy the option of a healthy nutritious snack after school as we have students, staff, administrators, community members, and even opposing schools/teams come and buy smoothies! Once smoothies are sold out or the line ends, FUTP 60 leaders are responsible for cleaning their selling area, making sure the area is in complete working order before leaving. Students in our school look forward to Smoothie Tuesday’s as an alternative to having to walk to a local gas station or fast food restaurant to purchase after school snacks.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students, advisors and the food service staff work together to make Smoothie Tuesday a success. We need to work with the food service provider to place our order two weeks in advance for our yogurt and milk products. Advisors purchase the fruit and other additional ingredients locally and make sure to have it ready for preparation on Smoothie Tuesday. Students are responsible for gathering the ingredients and blending the smoothies with the guidance and support of the advisors.

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

This is a sustainable Play as we are able to pay for the ingredients we use to create the smoothies. With the $1.00 fee, we are able to cover the cost of purchasing our yogurt and milk products through the food service provider. We were also able to use this money to purchase another Ninja Blender to make the operation go faster and more efficiently.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our goal was to serve at least 100 students each night, we have far exceeded that goal thus far. We are averaging 150 smoothies per night purchased.