APS Schools Earn $2,500 Grants for Breakfast Programs

Breakfast in the ClassroomSubmitted by Janna Morley
APS Grants and Federal Programs

Recently, 10 APS schools earned $2,500 Action for Healthy Kids grants to use toward implementing or expanding their Breakfast in the Classroom program. The schools will primarily use the funding to purchase the necessary equipment, storage and waste receptacles that are vital for implementation of the breakfast program. The purpose of Colorado House Bill 13-1006, which begins this school year, is to offer breakfast at no charge to each student enrolled in a public school that has 70 percent or more of students who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch.  

Through its partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Company Fund and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids awards grants nationwide to schools to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Under the guidance and support of the Aurora Public Schools Nutrition Services department, each school receives expert advice and knowledge to ensure successful implementation of projects that provide sustainable change. In addition to purchasing necessary equipment, each school will use some of the grant funds to encourage and motivate kids to eat well. Students can earn prizes for participation at breakfast, and in April, they will also be involved in a unique event called “Every Kid Healthy Week,” which will include taste testing and family or community activities.

Congratulations to the following schools:

  • Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
  • Altura Elementary
  • Crawford Elementary
  • Lansing Elementary
  • Laredo Elementary
  • Montview Elementary
  • Paris Elementary
  • Park Lane Elementary
  • South Middle School
  • Virginia Court Elementary

APS thanks Action for Healthy Kids and its partners for their contribution toward keeping our students healthy in school!