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Sponsors needed to continue South Routt School District’s healthy snacks program

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South Routt students Jace Wisecup and Jacob Kindsvater, both age 6, enjoy healthy snacks during the school week.
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— South Routt School District recently implemented a free snack program for students as a response to student and parent concerns about the longer school days that resulted from the district’s switch to a four-day school week.

The program, which began Nov. 1, is looking for sponsors so the district can continue offering South Routt students healthy snacks that keep them focused throughout the day.

The school district is doing a trial run of the snack program and will assess effectiveness at the end December. In addition, the South Routt High School principal will be meeting with a council of students next week for a discussion about benefits and concerns regarding the snack program.

“We’ve seen a growing number of students taking advantage of the program since it began on Nov. 1,” said Kristi Brown, the school district’s health and wellness coordinator.

All snacks offered to students comply with the USDA “Smart Snacks” standards, which minimize the amount of sugar, fat and trans fat in snacks offered through schools. The school district hopes to continue providing a variety of healthy options for students as the school year progresses.

“Healthy snacks are important at school because healthy bodies equal healthy minds,” said Amy Kindsvater, mother of 6-year-old South Routt student Jacob Kindsvater.

Snacks are provided free of charge to students because of funding provided by Walmart and the Chef Ann Foundation, as well as award money from the statewide Healthy Schools Champion program that South Routt received last year.

The healthy snack program costs $100 per day for all 359 students in the district, and at this time, there is not sufficient funding to continue the program through the second half of the year without additional help from sponsors in the community.

“I hope [the snack program] is able to continue because it energizes students and helps them focus in class,” said sixth-grader Shelby Geiger.

Third-grader Trevor Hagenbuch agrees that having a snack before lunch “makes the morning go faster.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the snack program has the option of donating snacks for a single day for $100 or providing snacks for an entire school week for $400. Sponsors can send checks care of Audra Rettedal to the South Routt District Office at P.O. Box 158, Oak Creek, CO 80467.

The district encourages any prospective sponsors for the program to contact Kristi Brown at kbrown@southrouttk12.org for more information.


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