Community Partners Help South Students Fuel Up to Learn with Nutritious Breakfasts

According to psychologist Abraham Maslow, after air and water, food is next on the list of a human’s basic needs. We couldn’t agree more. In Aurora Public Schools, we know that our students can’t truly engage in learning if they are not fueled with balanced, nutritious meals.

Thankfully, we have gracious partners like PepsiCo Foundation, Fuel Up to Play 60, National Dairy Council, the Western Dairy Association, NFL and USDA who teamed up to help us ensure students enjoy the most important meal of the day, breakfast.

As a collaborative effort, the organizations donated a top-of-the-line food cart to South Middle School! It will keep food cold and/or warm, unlike the previous racks the school utilized. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, the cart provided egg and cheese sandwiches, fruit, milk and more to passersby. It is set to feed students in each wing of the school next year as they head to first period.

PepsiCo Foundation employees’ funds for the new addition were generated through their global Ready, Step, Move…Give! campaign. The more steps each employee tracks, the more money they raise to help nourish children through the Fuel Up to Play 60 breakfast cart system. Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program, encourages youth to lead healthier lives. Their support of our Breakfast in the Classroom program will be a gift that keeps on giving.

One of our core beliefs, as detailed in the APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan, is that community partnerships provide vital resources and opportunities for students and families. We can’t thank these amazing partners enough for their commitment to students and education.

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