School District 81 has decided to to take providing healthy snacks for kids into its own hands. Over the past several years state funding for the fresh fruits and vegetables grant program has been scarce, and the district saw fewer and fewer opportunities to apply for the grant. SD81 has now put a premium on making sure students have access to nutritious choices with no waiting and no strings attached.
Every day students at Kennedy, Washington, and Lincoln are offered fresh fruits and vegetables, some they have never tasted before. Faculty, staff, and administration have been making a real effort at getting the kids to expand their horizons and sample produce they have never tried or even seen before. It hasn't been very difficult, since students are excited and eager to try new foods and get their fuel from healthy sources.
The Board of Education and administration wholeheartedly believe in contributing to the health of the children in their learning community, and support awareness of the link between nutrition and achievement.