- Darren Thomas, Campbell Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement
Here at Campbell Elementary, we are striving to continue to keep our school sugar-free. This sugar-free campaign has been going on for almost 8 years, and each year it gets harder to continue. Students and parents aren’t allowed to bring any items containing sugar into the school. This also includes faculty and staff members. The soda/vending machine has been stocked with healthy snacks, which include: water, PowerAde, nuts granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. Also, the cafeteria has taken a stand as well, by preparing healthier meals using things like wheat bread and serving more than one vegetable and fruit with meals. We also have sugar-free birthday celebrations. During this celebration, students come to the gym and participate in fitness stations/events, and at the end of the celebration students are given a school spirit water bottle instead of traditional ice cream and cake. In the beginning, getting students and parents on board with this sugar-free project was hard. We would catch parents trying to sneak cake or other items containing sugar into the school ALL THE TIME. Eventually parents started to understand the importance of what we were trying to teach our students. Since then, we have the whole community backing us in our efforts to keep our school sugar-free. We hope that our emphasis on being sugar-free can create a lifestyle change for our students, which will carry on for the rest of their life.