B.J. Ward selected for 2013-14 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook's B.J. Ward Elementary School is among 239 schools in Illinois that will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
“We are excited to administer this valuable federal program, which teaches our schoolchildren healthier choices by introducing them to more fruits and vegetables,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Research clearly has shown that proper nutrition contributes to learning, and this is an excellent program to boost health and education.”
The nationwide program was created to increase the fruit and vegetable consumption among students by providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of regular school meals. Participating schools can spend $50 to $75 per enrolled student during the school year, with the majority of those funds going for fresh produce.
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