MCC received a $2,000 grant and a $400 donation to kick start the Smart Snack program. The grant and donation allowed MCC to purchase daily healthy snacks for each student in grades K-6 for the month of September. MCC also received a $1,000 grant to purchase small classroom refrigerators to store refrigerated snacks. While the district will continue to look for grants to provide assistance with Smart Snacks, at this time each student is encouraged to contribute one snack for the entire class each month.
Studies have shown that when chosen properly, snacks can provide children with an extra boost to their mental skills, cognition and academic performance. Teachers and students at MCC have already noticed the positive impact that the healthy snack program has provided. Smart Snack breaks also provided time to promote peer interaction, practice for polite table manners and a time to learn about healthy snacking. For these reasons, the snack times focus on healthy food such as whole grain crackers, granola bars; fresh fruit, baby carrots, pretzels, yogurt and cheese sticks.
Below is a list of information and suggested guidelines for the Smart Snack Program.
• Snacks will be available mid-morning or mid-afternoon to students as part of their classroom time
• Mini fridges are available in the classrooms to accommodate small refrigerated snacks
• Water will be available during the snack
• We ask that no peanut products, candy, cakes, or greasy food be brought in.
• Snacks will be eaten in the classroom so healthy items with minimal cleanup, such as finger foods, are best!
The goal of the Smart Snack program is to promote structured eating habits, encourage healthy lifestyles and increase academic performance. Thank you to all the parents who have donated healthy snacks to the classrooms at MCC!
Amanda Tentinger LSN