Snacking at Washington
- Kristi Seybert, Washington El
- Access to Healthy Foods
Washington Math Science Institute in Midland, Texas is an Elementary Magnet School in the Midland Independent School District. Being a Magnet school means the students have an extended school day. This extended day is full of opportunity for growth and development as well as extended HUNGER. Children need to be able to refuel throughout the day to maintain energy and focus on academics. In the past, the students could bring a snack from home to eat before they started their after school classes. Many times the food that the students brought was very unhealthy or the student would forget to bring anything at all. We also had many students that simply could not afford to bring snacks and would go home hungry. Healthy dairy snacks are essential for children because they are still growing, and healthy snacks at school can lead to better overall nutrition. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy per day can improve bone health and may reduce the risk of certain diseases. Because of Fuel Up To Play 60 and the 2016-2017 Snack Smarter in School Play our School Health Advisory Committee got involved, a task force was formed and with the school districts help a snack program was established at Washington. Dairy plays a vital role in the daily snack program at Washington and is offered three to five days a week as a healthy, nutritious snack.