National School Breakfast Week is being celebrated in the Altus Public Schools March 7-11. Each school will be hosting a variety of fun, healthy and educational activities.
Washington Elementary School cafeteria manager Ruth Ortega started celebrating early by asking students to participate in a vendor sample taste test. Vendors ship schools free food samples to try out. Twelve students sampled whole grain food products from Fernando’s Whole Grain Foods in Livingston, Calif. The whole grain foods included cheese and chicken fiesta stix, pre-fried buffalo chicken, hoagies and a 10” tortilla that was roasted in the oven with cinnamon and sugar on it and served with frozen fruit mixed with yogurt.
Ortega said all were big hits with the fourth and second grade students, and all agreed they would love for them to be added to the school menus.
The kids will participate in food-related activities throughout the week starting with “Muffins with Mom” on Tuesday, kids make their own fruit cups on Thursday, and to end the week on Friday, Washington will host breakfast for the Altus Athletic Department, the Altus Bulldogs and cheerleaders.
Teachers instruction this week will also focus on the importance of healthy eating, and sending home food activity sheets. The Catch Program is an activity that categorizes food with the amount of energy it provides the body.
Washington Elementary School serves 180 students breakfast every Monday through Friday from 7:20 to 8 a.m., and 260 students eat lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cafeteria staff handed out National School Breakfast Week activity sheets to teachers, and said, “We really want to make this an exciting week for the kids, as well as a nutritional learning experience.”
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077