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Chelmsford High Chosen to Receive Money for Smoothie Program

The school will receive $1,999 to begin introducing smoothies as a healthy alternative for students.

Chelmsford received a check to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. (Courtesy Photo)
Chelmsford received a check to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. (Courtesy Photo)
Chelmsford High School will soon have a new healthy food option, and they have a national organization to thank for the tasty treat.

The town was chosen among hundreds of schools who applied nationwide to receive $1,999 from the New England Dairy and Food Council for Fuel Up for Play 60.

With the money, the school will begin promoting an upcoming smoothie program that will help students start their day on the right foot.

"One goal of our new Smoothie Program is to increase breakfast participation by offering students a portable and healthy breakfast option," said Heather Wright, food service administrative assistant for Chelmsford Public Schools. "Our smoothies will be made from scratch, yet provide a ‘grab and go’ convenience level currently not offered in our district."

Smoothies will debut this spring, but in advance of them being available, the district will start utilizing the money by making teaser signs. A "Countdown to Smoothies" campaign will help generate interest in the program.

In addition, the Chelmsford High School Food Service Department will prepare free samples of the new offerings. iTunes gift cards will be awarded to students as well to create buzz about the smoothies.

"Fuel Up to Play 60 is really taking off in Chelmsford," said Jill Read, nutrition specialist with New England Dairy & Food Council. "Wellness champions and students have embraced the program, and these funds will help Chelmsford High School do even more."
ChelmsfordMom April 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM
We didn't crack the US News & World Report list of the best high schools in America, but hey, the kids can get the best smoothies at Chelmsford High now. So that's something.
Rob C April 27, 2014 at 08:15 PM
We aren't even in the top 60 in the state, but the smoothies will make up for that. How many other schools will have a smoothie machine? And instead of using the money to get ingredients for the smoothies, we will be using the money to make signs and give Itunes cards to people? Have an art class make a sign for nothing and we now need to bribe kids to drink something healthy?
Anna Bucciarelli April 29, 2014 at 06:42 AM
How ridiculous. I can't even think of more to say here. Have been eyeing this column for 2 days and can't wrap my mind around it still.
Eileen Cushing-Craig April 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM
OK, it's $2000 of free money that has to be used on the program. So great. But...Why why why don't they just use the money to buy ingredients and supplies like cups and straws? What happens when the $2000 runs out? Where do the funds to continue offering smoothies come from?

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