Why, Yes They Do! We love that Oyster River Child Nutrition, in Durham, N.H., gave SN a social media shout-out when promoting the brand-new grab ‘n’ go breakfast cart at its middle school. (We also love hearing that the cart has increased breakfast participation more than 100% in the last two months.) Do they deliver? You bet! AN IDEA WORTH STEALING Dear Old Dad Gets His Due In most districts, the school calendar allows cafeteria teams to make a big fuss about Grandparents Day (September) and Mother’s Day (May), but the late June schedule for Father’s Day finds many schools caught up in year-end tests (and such) or already closed! Dads get dissed. Well, in North East Independent School District (NEISD), the School Nutrition Services team is doing something about that! At a number of its San Antonio-area elementary schools, they have designated February as the time to host special breakfast events celebrating the family man. Amanda Conrad, a school nutrition services supervisor at NEISD, has worked with managers at several elementary schools to create a two-pronged promotion that celebrates both the importance of a positive male figure in a child’s life, as well as the value of school breakfast! Rodeo Breakfast is offered at three schools (with 300+ attendees) and Tacos for Dudes made its debut this year at another site. Conrad and her staff create a thoroughly cozy vibe for the children and their special guests. “We had fathers, cousins and next-door neighbors,” reports Conrad of the different male role models who have attended. “Even if a child didn’t have a father figure in their life, they can bring their mom.” This year’s menu featured egg tacos, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, juice and milk. “Dads or father figures are able to experience the same choices as their kids; we showcase what school nutrition is all about,” says Conrad. She’s excited to expand this promotion in four more schools. “I love doing this event!” she exclaims. And we love her dedication to Dad—and breakfast! Kids at Ohio’s Mayfield High School have a sweet new deal. Opt-in for a reimbursable school breakfast served from its brand-new coffee cart (funded through a $5,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Equipment Grant) and get a discount on their favorite coffee drink, featuring sugar-free syrups and lots of milk. Since the cart opened, the school has purchased more than 100 gallons each month, reports Robin Smeal, RD, director of foodservice, Mayfield School District. To promote both the cart and the importance of a healthy school breakfast, Austin Reiter, a member of NFL’s Cleveland Browns, was joined by team mascot Chomps to play barista March 22, tackling nutrition without a fumble. Although a new whole-grain donut was the featured breakfast item, Reiter advised kids to fuel up with his favorite school meal: a spicy chicken sandwich. What a great way to toot your school nutrition horn! Kudos to the school nutrition team at Baldwin County (Ga.) Schools, not only for the impressive milestones spotlighted on your “tray,” but also for your initiative to share these accomplishments in your community with this eye-catching, sophisticated graphic. DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY 2017 “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
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