A little bit of History:
In 2007, AAE began our own food service program, vending our meals from a company instead of having Apple Valley School District provide our meals and we applied to the state to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). One of the requirements of being approved is to have a Local School Wellness Policy.
That first year, we had an active Wellness Committee and we developed our first policy. We sent out a survey to the teachers asking what they were already doing in their classrooms to promote healthy nutrition habits and exercise. We compiled the results and put a few ideas into place that we knew we could accomplish. We had very minimal PE facilities, so it was hard to change much.
We changed the types of foods we sold on campus making sure they met the requirements, we offered nutrition education to the lower grades, we placed posters in the cafeteria that promoted healthier eating choices, etc. We also sponsored a Biggest Looser project for the staff to name a few.
In 2008, Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy opened their doors and we offered breakfast and lunch for their students using the same vendor who services AAE.
Providing nutritious meals that follow the state guidelines yet is attractive to students is our biggest challenge. As small schools, we don't have the facilities a larger school district has to prepare meals, so we vend our meals. We will continue the commitment to the LCER students, always getting input from parents, staff and students and we will look for choices that better meet the needs of our students.
We are now blessed to have a District nurse on staff, Sherry Hoyt-Cline, who has taken over the leadership of the wellness committee and she will continue to encourage staff to follow the policies adopted. If you are interested in serving as a member of the Wellness Committee, please feel welcomed to contact Sherry Hoyt-cline at firstname.lastname@example.org.