The Loudoun County Public Schools Nutrition Services team was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington Football Team and its charitable foundation in collaboration with American Dairy Association, which administrators said will be used to bring increased breakfast options to four high schools in the county, according to an LCPS statement from earlier this month.
Staff members from LCPS’ nutrition services team received the $10,000 check at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, where the Washington Football Team plays its home games.
LCPS has 57 schools enrolled in the dairy association’s North East Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program, which aims to promote physical activity and good nutrition in schools. The NFL provides $10,000 in grant money to school districts per club market each year through FUTP60, which supports initiatives including on-campus vegetable gardens and physical activity.
Loudoun’s public school officials said they intend to use the grant money to bring “Breakfast After the Bell” carts to four high schools in the district, as well as giving $1,100 of the overall award to one of the most active participants in the FUTP60 program, Lovettsville Elementary School.
Hugh Brockway, who teaches physical education and serves as FUTP60 program advisor at Lovettsville, said in LCPS’ announcement that the initiative “has been such an inspiration for Lovettsville Elementary School and the Lovettsville community.”
“Over the past nine years, students have worked together with me to design, build and maintain a school garden that donates vegetables to our local food pantry,” he added.
Brockway said that as part of FUTP60, students at the elementary school “have also created in-class physical activity videos, made school breakfast challenges, painted recess game ideas on the blacktop, assisted with lunch taste tests days, hosted other schools and students to teach them about Fuel Up to Play 60 and held a bike safety rodeo.”