We know that nutrition is key to a student’s development. That’s why all of Summit Academy Schools offer both lunch and breakfast programs to all students. It is another way that we give our students the tools they need to excel in every single way possible.
Starting the Day Right With Breakfast
Upon entering the school building each school day, students are asked if they wish to have breakfast. Our breakfasts are in compliance with all state regulations and we offer a variety of items, including cereal, graham crackers, juice or fruit and a milk.
“To me, the food we provide each day is another wonderful tool we are happy to be able to supply to our students. If a child is in the classroom and their tummy is growling the teacher does not have their full attention. They do not interact with others to their full capacity, because they’re hungry”, says Katherine Hrbolich, Administrator Federal Programs for Summit Academy.
A Well-Balanced Lunch
Summit Academy’s lunch program offers:
Our entrees include low-fat menu items students love such as grilled turkey-ham and cheese sandwiches, whole-wheat corndogs, and homemade macaroni and cheese. Our breakfast and lunch programs are the exact model of all programs throughout the state of Ohio.
Fruit and Vegetable Trays Arrive Twice a Week
Our commitment to providing the best nutritional options for students even goes beyond the cafeteria, courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
Through this grant, seven of our elementary schools’ homerooms receive fresh fruit trays every Tuesday and fresh vegetable trays every Thursday. Summit Academy students love the program and look forward to the days they receive the trays, especially the fruit.
“This is a wonderful program and introduces our students to fruits and vegetables they may not have had an opportunity to taste before,” says Hrbolich.
“Along with receiving the fruits and vegetables they learn what the fruit/vegetables are and how healthy they are for their bodies. I was in one of our 2nd grade classrooms on a day the students received vegetables. I asked a student why he picked the radish. He replied that he didn’t know what it was and wanted to try it. After he took a bite, I asked him what it tasted like and he said, ‘It tasted like summer.’ That was a wonderful moment.”
Our Goal: A Healthy Breakfast & Lunch for Every Child
Katherine Hrbolich has worked with Summit Academy for 14 years. In her time at Summit, she has made proper nutrition in Summit students her goal.
“Before coming to Summit Academy I was employed at another community school. The first year I was there, I noticed a little girl in the cafeteria. Every day she would take extra boxes of cereal and put them inside her sweater. After a few days, I asked her why she was hiding cereal boxes. She looked at me with wet eyes and said they were for her little brother at home. That was the point in my career when I realized just how very important it is to make sure each child gets a breakfast and a lunch at school. We, as adults, sometimes forget, or never realize, just how much of a struggle some families face every day.”