Students at several Lower Valley elementary schools are getting an extra boost for learning in the classroom thanks to its Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program.
In addition to lunch, students at Capistrano, Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, and North Loop elementary schools are getting all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
They’re delivered to classrooms in the afternoon, where students can eat them while doing classwork.
This is all at no cost to students.
The Texas Department of Agriculture funds the program and picks eligible schools based on the highest number of kids enrolled in the free and reduced priced lunch program.
Last year the district had 12 schools eligible for the program; this year it dropped down to four.
Both educators and students say they see the difference that a healthy snack makes throughout the day.
“There’s sugary things everywhere and so to provide a healthy lifestyle this is a nice way to do it and it gives them another little boost in the afternoon while they’re doing their work to keep their brains active,” said Capistrano Elementary School principal Lynn Musel.
The campuses received more than $89,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture to purchase the fruits and veggies weekly for the program.