Thursday, February 15, 2007

Food For Kids

Thanks for your SAHM support! You guys seriously rock! It's definitely a hard role to play when you're getting dismissed by people, but it's the most important thing you'll ever do!

So beyond the hot lunches and finding a new photographer, I applied for a healthy alternatives grant and won it!!! Woohooo for our school!!! We are using the money towards healthy snack days and one helathy alternatives lunch day where they local highschool is coming in and catering some healthier lunch selections. I'm excited! The first healthy snack day was a huge success and the feedback has been amazing.

So now I'm checking out funding for a permenant snack program which would promote nutrition within the school. Check out this link for more information on funding and existing programs. It's amazing how much better children do in school when you take hunger out of the picture. I know with my own kids....I can watch them morph into little beasts as dinner time approaches and they get hungrier. Same principal in the school....kids can't learn well if they're distracted by a growling stomach. This isn't something that only applies to some children, this is universal. There are kids who aren't hungry in the morning at home, but by the time the 9am bell rings, they're starving. There are kids who got on the bus at 7:30 in the morning and have eaten before that....by 9am, they're starving. There are kids who've dropped their snacks on the floor, those that are going through a growth spurt and just don't have enough in their lunches, and those that just generally, don't have enough. This program applies to EVERY child and I'm sooooo excited to be part of a national incentive.

We planned our winter holiday this year....woooohooo....even if it is only for 2 days. LOL! We're heading to Niagara Falls to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. Very Very cool place to go for families.....they have an indoor waterpark that's open from 8:30am until 10pm!!!!! My boys just love the water, so I know where we'll be the entire time! The boys are gonna be super excited when I tell them, but Ihave to keep it a secret for a bit still.....they'lll go crazy waiting for it!

ok, checking out! have a great nigiht!
Cheers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that is fantastic! I so agree - children cannot learn when they are hungry, or undernourished, or even malnourished. Our school has taken on this challenge also - we have healthy snack day each month where we provide popcorn (no salt or butter) and fruit for the kids. And then we have substituted a healthy hot lunch every 2 lunches - no hot dogs or burgers or pizzas. It is a wonderful cause!! Good for you!!

Carmen

Kathy T said...

Good for you Kat!! Enjoy your vacation!

Crystal said...

Congrats to you!!! Those are awesome changes and great moves for your school. I'm a little green over here! You are doing big things for so many kids, Kat - keep it up! ((( HUGS )))

Heather said...

What awesome work your doing. Totally agree on the food in the morning. I can't get my kids to eat until after 9 am and they aren't in school yet.

If your coming by my way and you want to visit let me know.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Food For Kids

Thanks for your SAHM support! You guys seriously rock! It's definitely a hard role to play when you're getting dismissed by people, but it's the most important thing you'll ever do!

So beyond the hot lunches and finding a new photographer, I applied for a healthy alternatives grant and won it!!! Woohooo for our school!!! We are using the money towards healthy snack days and one helathy alternatives lunch day where they local highschool is coming in and catering some healthier lunch selections. I'm excited! The first healthy snack day was a huge success and the feedback has been amazing.

So now I'm checking out funding for a permenant snack program which would promote nutrition within the school. Check out this link for more information on funding and existing programs. It's amazing how much better children do in school when you take hunger out of the picture. I know with my own kids....I can watch them morph into little beasts as dinner time approaches and they get hungrier. Same principal in the school....kids can't learn well if they're distracted by a growling stomach. This isn't something that only applies to some children, this is universal. There are kids who aren't hungry in the morning at home, but by the time the 9am bell rings, they're starving. There are kids who got on the bus at 7:30 in the morning and have eaten before that....by 9am, they're starving. There are kids who've dropped their snacks on the floor, those that are going through a growth spurt and just don't have enough in their lunches, and those that just generally, don't have enough. This program applies to EVERY child and I'm sooooo excited to be part of a national incentive.

We planned our winter holiday this year....woooohooo....even if it is only for 2 days. LOL! We're heading to Niagara Falls to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. Very Very cool place to go for families.....they have an indoor waterpark that's open from 8:30am until 10pm!!!!! My boys just love the water, so I know where we'll be the entire time! The boys are gonna be super excited when I tell them, but Ihave to keep it a secret for a bit still.....they'lll go crazy waiting for it!

ok, checking out! have a great nigiht!
Cheers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that is fantastic! I so agree - children cannot learn when they are hungry, or undernourished, or even malnourished. Our school has taken on this challenge also - we have healthy snack day each month where we provide popcorn (no salt or butter) and fruit for the kids. And then we have substituted a healthy hot lunch every 2 lunches - no hot dogs or burgers or pizzas. It is a wonderful cause!! Good for you!!

Carmen

Kathy T said...

Good for you Kat!! Enjoy your vacation!

Crystal said...

Congrats to you!!! Those are awesome changes and great moves for your school. I'm a little green over here! You are doing big things for so many kids, Kat - keep it up! ((( HUGS )))

Heather said...

What awesome work your doing. Totally agree on the food in the morning. I can't get my kids to eat until after 9 am and they aren't in school yet.

If your coming by my way and you want to visit let me know.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Food For Kids

Thanks for your SAHM support! You guys seriously rock! It's definitely a hard role to play when you're getting dismissed by people, but it's the most important thing you'll ever do!

So beyond the hot lunches and finding a new photographer, I applied for a healthy alternatives grant and won it!!! Woohooo for our school!!! We are using the money towards healthy snack days and one helathy alternatives lunch day where they local highschool is coming in and catering some healthier lunch selections. I'm excited! The first healthy snack day was a huge success and the feedback has been amazing.

So now I'm checking out funding for a permenant snack program which would promote nutrition within the school. Check out this link for more information on funding and existing programs. It's amazing how much better children do in school when you take hunger out of the picture. I know with my own kids....I can watch them morph into little beasts as dinner time approaches and they get hungrier. Same principal in the school....kids can't learn well if they're distracted by a growling stomach. This isn't something that only applies to some children, this is universal. There are kids who aren't hungry in the morning at home, but by the time the 9am bell rings, they're starving. There are kids who got on the bus at 7:30 in the morning and have eaten before that....by 9am, they're starving. There are kids who've dropped their snacks on the floor, those that are going through a growth spurt and just don't have enough in their lunches, and those that just generally, don't have enough. This program applies to EVERY child and I'm sooooo excited to be part of a national incentive.

We planned our winter holiday this year....woooohooo....even if it is only for 2 days. LOL! We're heading to Niagara Falls to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. Very Very cool place to go for families.....they have an indoor waterpark that's open from 8:30am until 10pm!!!!! My boys just love the water, so I know where we'll be the entire time! The boys are gonna be super excited when I tell them, but Ihave to keep it a secret for a bit still.....they'lll go crazy waiting for it!

ok, checking out! have a great nigiht!
Cheers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that is fantastic! I so agree - children cannot learn when they are hungry, or undernourished, or even malnourished. Our school has taken on this challenge also - we have healthy snack day each month where we provide popcorn (no salt or butter) and fruit for the kids. And then we have substituted a healthy hot lunch every 2 lunches - no hot dogs or burgers or pizzas. It is a wonderful cause!! Good for you!!

Carmen

Kathy T said...

Good for you Kat!! Enjoy your vacation!

Crystal said...

Congrats to you!!! Those are awesome changes and great moves for your school. I'm a little green over here! You are doing big things for so many kids, Kat - keep it up! ((( HUGS )))

Heather said...

What awesome work your doing. Totally agree on the food in the morning. I can't get my kids to eat until after 9 am and they aren't in school yet.

If your coming by my way and you want to visit let me know.