Pre-K and kindergarten students bounced in time while Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” pumped from a stereo as they lined up for breakfast in the Cunningham Elementary School cafeteria.Continue reading
In a matter of eight days, the food distribution sites operated by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank assisted nearly 40,000 families.
The 61 food distributions served approximately 1 million pounds of food to families in need before being canceled late Wednesday. Nearly 2,000 staff and volunteers assisted with the efforts and were able to serve 5,000 families per day throughout HISD.
The cancellation of the distribution sites will remain in effect as the district re-evaluates its process for safely delivering this service to students and families.Continue reading
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan sat at a long white table in the Burnet Elementary School cafeteria on Monday, nibbling on a chicken biscuit and chatting with the students seated alongside her.
Gathered for breakfast on the first day of school, the conversation quickly turned into an impromptu Spanish lesson as students from the dual language school translated the menu — chicken biscuits, raisins, apple juice, and milk — into Spanish.
“Leche?” Lathan repeated carefully after hearing the Spanish word for milk. A wide smile then spread across her face. “You know what I like? Tres leches. And lot of it,” she said, laughing.Continue reading
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A large group of energetic Holland Middle School students danced alongside their teachers in the school cafeteria last week, while others played Connect 4 and cornhole.
Other students streamed through the lunch line — decorated with white and blue balloons — as cafeteria staff handed out bright green water bottles to students.
The event was a part of a Fall Tailgate series hosted by HISD’s Nutrition Services department. In its second year, the Fall Tailgates are designed to get students excited about school lunch and encourage them to select healthier meal options.
Only about 700 — or less than one percent — of HISD students have special dietary needs that require restricted diets, but providing those children with healthy, nourishing food is all in a day’s work for HISD’s Nutrition Services department.
Dietitian Lindsay Smith works closely with nurses and kitchen staff to monitor students who need allergen-free meals, and HISD as a district eliminated all peanut and tree-nut products from its recipes two years ago as a precaution, to prevent accidental allergic reactions.
A simple lesson on heart-healthy eating recently has inspired one HISD educator to take students’ instruction a step further.
More than 1,300 HISD students at four elementary schools learned how to keep their hearts healthy during American Heart Month, thanks to a series of interactive nutrition activities offered by the district’s Nutrition Services department.
Application available online and at all HISD campuses for 2013-2014 academic year
The Houston Independent School District urges all North Forest families to complete an application with HISD’s Food Services Department as soon as possible in order for their children to qualify for free or reduced price meals during the 2013-2014 school year.
“Many of our families may not realize they need to apply each year for meal benefits,” HISD Food Services Senior Manager Brian Giles said. “It‘s important that they submit the application in order to qualify so their children can start the first day of school with healthy meals.”
With more students spending most of their day at school, HISD’s Food Services has partnered with the 21st Century Community Learning Center program to serve dinner at various campuses to ensure students have access to healthy meals each day.
March is National Nutrition Month, and HISD’s Food Services Department has been celebrating with new promotions, expanded programming, and even an appearance on the national stage.
Here are just a few of the highlights so far:
Both teams were formed at the same district campus: Judson Robinson Elementary School, and one group will take home a $10,000 prize at the national winner of the HealthyWage Matchup, while the other will split a purse of $3,000 as the third-place winner.
Team Bravo 5, which consisted of Robinson ES faculty (and sisters) Susana Perez and Yudith Vazquez; their brother Jorge Vazquez; their cousin, José Ortega; and another Robinson ES teacher, Sonia Cedillo; collected the top prize and national bragging rights after dropping 167 pounds collectively—or 16.59 percent of their body weight.
Team Xtreme, meanwhile, lost 143 pounds, or 15.26 percent of their collective body weight. That team was made up entirely of Robinson staff members: teachers Deordre Adams and Heather LaDay, and Apollo 20 tutors Quynh-Anh Cao, Talia Grundy, and Jennifer Harwell.
HISD had 467 participants in the contest, which lasted from March 20 through July 4. Collectively, they lost a total of 2,968.6 pounds—or an average of 6.36 pounds per person.
You can read more about what the winners did to lose the weight and see before and after photos at the HealthyWage blog.
• See Team Bravo 5’s video. (Quicktime video)