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Van Buren Award -- continued

Van Buren Community School District staff and students, together with Iowa Department of Education leaders, participated in a school assembly at each school on Thursday, April 16th, to celebrate the school’s national award for efforts to support and improve the health of children and the community.

    Van Buren Elementary has received the Silver Award through the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and Van Buren Middle School and High School has received the Bronze Award. The challenge is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

    The slideshow highlights some of the activities the district is doing to improve wellness at school.  The slideshow also recognizes the Middle School Student Wellness Council members, past and present, who have contributed to the success of these initiatives.  Van Buren CSD is working to improve school wellness in the following ways: Meet all nutrition guidelines and standards for school meals, increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and low-fat/non-fat dairy products offered, second chance breakfast/grab ‘n go breakfast cart, participate in the Chefs Move to Schools program, implementing a comprehensive school physical activity program to increase physical activity during the school day, established a district wellness policy, offer taste-testing opportunities, encourage nutrition education in all classrooms, school gardens, and water bottle filling stations, and much more.

    Sara Sprouse, School Nurse states, “It is a team effort to meet the criteria for this award, wellness activities must take place throughout the school day, in the classroom, lunchroom, P.E., recess and even before and after school.  Thank you to all staff, students, parents, and community members who are working towards creating a healthier school environment!”