YAKIMA, Wash.-- Budget cuts are hitting schools across the state, but the Yakima School District just received some good news: a fruit and vegetable grant.
It's not just about giving the kids a pear or a carrot at lunch. Starting in the fall, some Yakima elementary school students will go to the cafeteria and select a bowl of fruit or vegetables and take them back to their classrooms.
The teachers will then integrate the food into their lesson plans. The program started at Robertson Elementary School last year and was a huge success.
"It was amazing to see what they were doing. There was one classroom that made a book, and I think they even got it published. They turned it into spelling projects, art projects…" Food Service Manager Cassie Davidson says.
The $300,000 grant not only has an education aspect, but it is bringing jobs to the city. The district will need to add as many as ten temporary positions to implement the program.
Ten Yakima elementary schools will take part. Those are schools where 80-98% of students qualify for free lunch meaning they live at our around the poverty level.