By NATALIE SCOTT
The student council from Austintown Middle School was given a grant last spring from the Dairy Council and Fuel Up To Play 60 (a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA) for $4,000 to start up Freddie’s Fuel Up and Go Cart.
An additional $500 grant was awarded by the Trumbull County Health Department to create a token system to be used to buy items from the snack cart. The grant will cover the costs of materials to start up the cart, which will be entirely student-run by the new Falcon Business Academy (FBA).
The FBA is made up of sixth- (secretaries), seventh- (treasurers), and eighth-graders (CEOs), who will manage, restock, and work the cart at certain points throughout the school day. As studies have proven, hungry children do not perform as well in many school-related tasks. Having healthy snacks on hand, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and milk, the FBA will cut down on this kind of negative behavior.
Students who purchase milk from the cart will also be given a ticket to be entered into a drawing for exercise time with an Xbox Kinnect Sports on Fridays.
To kick off the FBA and Freddie’s Fuel Up and Go Cart, students were able to purchase milk mustaches for 50 cents during lunch Jan. 28. Wearing a milk mustache showed support for eating healthier and getting more exercise.
“Kids don’t always eat healthy,” said Amber Loew, a member of the FBA at AMS. “We really need to learn what is healthy to eat and what isn’t,”
AMS is working to include the Freddie’s Fuel Up and Go Cart into its curriculum and is also seeking to combine it with Junior Achievement.