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ETHS District 202 will receive a grant from the Midwest Dairy Council to support efforts of the school’s Nutrition Service Department to offer nutritious meal options to students. ETHS was approved to receive $3,000 through the Council’s Grants to Grow School Meals – Reimbursable Smoothie program.
According to Kim Minestra, ETHS Director of Nutrition Services, the grant will be used to implement a smoothie station in the high school’s main lobby. She is working with ETHS staff from the Career & Technical Education Department to hire students who will run the smoothie and coffee station during breakfast and/or lunch times. Dairy products will be the main ingredient in the smoothies.
This is the second grant received by ETHS to improve student access to nutritious foods. In 2014 ETHS used a grant, made possible in part by the National Dairy Council, to launch a Grab-and-Go Breakfast Kiosk in the gym wing of the ETHS building. Breakfast options are also offered each school day in Beardsley Cafeteria, the Main Lobby Snack Window, and the Bacon Cafeteria Snack Window.