Grant gives schools a smoothie boost

Grant gives schools a smoothie boost










From left: Dr. Christopher Lord, Leominster High School Principal; Clair Francis, Chartwells’ office manager; Hilary Walentuk, New England Dairy &


From left: Dr. Christopher Lord, Leominster High School Principal; Clair Francis, Chartwells’ office manager; Hilary Walentuk, New England Dairy & Food Council; Cassandra Garcia, food service staff); Paula Deacon, interim superintendent; Kerry Bryan, assistant food service director; Michelle Palladino, Chartwells’ resident dietitian; Bob Burr, food service director; Jeff Soulier, LHS physical education teacher; Roman Ruzbasan, LHS kitchen manager; and bottom row, students: Brianna Cruz, Christine Testa, Ashley Santana, and Christian Tofteroo.
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LEOMINSTER — The school nutrition programs in the city’s public schools are getting a “smoothie” boost.

The high school, Fall Brook Elementary School, Johnny Appleseed Elementary School, and Northwest Elementary School were recently awarded grants to purchase blenders by New England Dairy & Food Council for over $12,500 collectively through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

The schools will use the blenders to prepare smoothies, which they anticipate will increase school breakfast participation. Three of the schools will also be purchasing new physical activity equipment for students to use.

“By incorporating blenders and smoothies within schools, we will now be able to promote an alternative healthy breakfast option for our students. Protein packed fruit smoothies containing antioxidants as well as essential vitamins and minerals will help our students feel energized and alert throughout the school day,” said Michelle Palladino, the school district’s dietitian for Chartwell’s, which provides the district’s food service.

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