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Kindergartners get school of their own

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
THEIR OWN SPACE—Mukilteo School District’s new standalone Fairmount Kindergarten Center is designed to accommodate kindergartners.

The Fairmount Kindergarten Center near Seattle hopes to use innovative design to maximize classroom learning time when it opens in September for the 2017-18 school year.

Schools make cafeteria connections

Deborah Yaffe
July, 2016
Fruits and vegetables: A Saint Paul Public Schools student finds her breakfast quite tasty—and parents know it’s healthy, too. The district started to also incorporate more ethnic foods on menus.

More than five years after Congress required schools to serve healthier food, districts are using social media, technology tools and old-fashioned personal outreach to connect with parents. The goal: persuading them that today’s school meals are nothing like the sometimes unhealthy foods they remember from their own childhoods.

Order up! Hip & healthier school meals

Ray Bendici
May, 2016
The cafeteria at Buckingham County Middle School in Dillwyn, Virginia, was redesigned to CDC healthy-eating guidelines with brighter, student-friendly spaces.

Students will likely choose healthier meals if provided with more comfortable places to eat. Modern lighting and food-court style designs can draw students to dining areas while school gardens can provide learning experiences and also supply cafeterias with fresh, less expensive produce.

School cafeteria leftovers can feed the community

Ray Bendici
May, 2016
Packaged items, crackers, milk, fruits and vegetables are among the items most often donated by schools.

A widespread belief that it’s illegal to give away extra or uneaten school food no longer has any basis in reality. The federal Good Samaritan Act allows schools to donate crackers, milk, fruits, vegetables and other items that would otherwise go to waste.

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