Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vermont Department of Health School Wellness Award 2014 Report

Richmond Elementary School began a Smoothie for Breakfast and Snack program called Smoothie Thursdays. Every Thursday we serve fresh, made from scratch smoothies using local ingredients as much as possible. Our breakfast sales increase on that day from 65 to 165! Each smoothie comes with a wholegrain treat which makes it a reimbursable, healthy meal!  The wellness award has helped us achieve this goal by providing us with healthier stainless steel cookware for preparing the smoothies and other snack items as well as increasing our healthy ala carte soup sales at lunch.

Smoothies ready to be series with a whole grain snack!

RES Scholars love popcorn which is a natural, healthy whole grain snack! With some of the award money we purchased a popcorn machine so we can serve popcorn with smoothies for a delicious snack. The popcorn machine has been a tremendous addition to our school in many ways! Classrooms now use it for celebrations, reducing the consumption of sugary treats. It has also been used for our school wide PBIS reward day and for a family movie night. Eating delicious popcorn as a treat is a popular new trend at RES!

RES Popcorn Machine -- ready to roll into any classroom for a healthy celebration!

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