Sabetha Elementary awarded $2,851 for new milk cooler

Submitted by Brook Brubeck, District Food Service Supervisor

Sabetha Elementary School has been awarded $2,851 to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives, as a part the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement positive changes in their schools and communities. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Sabetha Elementary was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them incorporate sustainable health and wellness initiatives and improvements in their schools and communities. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by Midwest Dairy Council.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.

Sabetha Elementary will be purchasing a new and much needed milk cooler for the cafeteria. The food service staff noted an increase in returned milk, and after speaking to the students, they found that there was an issue with some of the milk freezing due to the cooler not working properly.

Although repairs have been made, the temperature still fluctuates due to the age of the unit. Because we recognize the importance of lowfat milk in the diet of young children, it is important to our staff to be able to provide quality dairy products that the students want to drink.

By purchasing a new milk cooler with the grant funds, our milk will consistently be at the correct temperature, milk consumption will increase, and our students will gain more health benefits from it!

“The Prairie Hills USD 113 Wellness Committee, in cooperation with the USD 113 Food Program, is proud to accept this grant award which will help further our mission to plant a seed in our students to continue making nutrition and physical activity a priority beyond their school years,” said Brook Brubeck, USD 113 Wellness Committee Chairperson.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 is in nearly 74,000 schools across the nation to teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and being physically active in a way that is fun and motivating,” said Midwest Dairy Council Vice President of Health and Wellness Melissa Young. “We are happy to reward Sabetha Elementary School with funds to help them continue their great work in leading their school and community to healthier lifestyles.”

Schools, parents and students can find more details about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com, including eligibility requirements and the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application. There are two application windows each year, including an upcoming deadline in June 2018.

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