In August I went back to school with students in Albany and Newton, Ga., to see how healthy school meals help students get their “S.W.A.G. on” and prepare for success.
In Albany, 400 Sherwood Acres Elementary Magnet School students celebrated school breakfast, many wearing S.W.A.G. t-shirts, which stands for “Students with Academic Greatness!”
Vanessa Hayes, Dougherty County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Services, explained, “We understand that good nutrition is the fuel for the educational vehicle.”
Trained chefs in school kitchens make a difference when they find creative ways to work healthy food into tasty meals that children actually enjoy. Baker County students and teachers told me how much better their school meals have become because of changes Watzlowick, who is also a trained chef, is making. I was amazed to hear a fifth grader say her favorite foods are now carrots, broccoli and squash!
I also visited with her classmates, who “Dress for Success” once a week to prepare for professional careers of their choice, and explained that healthy habits are just as important; they can last a lifetime and are an investment in their future. By offering healthy school meals, we give students their best chance to make that future bright!