Healthy foods at school build healthy bodies and minds, better grades, and create healthy habits for the future. That’s why Trenton Public Schools are working hard to make school meals and snacks as healthy as possible. But we can’t expect our students to be excited about healthy meals at school and to learn healthy habits while we still encourage buying candy, cookies, or donuts as part of fundraisers. Check out the easy ways YOU can help below!
Attend the Soccer Tournament
Support the strides already being made to create healthier fundraisers in Trenton Public Schools by attending the 1st Annual Trenton United Soccer Tournament on April 6th! Making this a success will pave the way for future fundraisers that are healthier and better for our students and community. Families can also enjoy food vendors and access to free services like health screenings at the event!
April 6: 8am - 2pm
Capitol City Sports Complex
1800 Rev S Howard Woodson Jr Way, Trenton, NJ 08638
For more info and ways to help, contact:
RN, MSN, MBA School Nurse
Daylight Twilight Alternative High School
MPH Community Health and Wellness Manager Trenton Health Team
Parent Teacher Organizations do tons of amazing work for our schools and students. By attending a meeting or joining the group you can use YOUR voice to ensure activities and fundraisers put on by your PTO move past the old school junk foods sales and towards healthier and more fun options for raising money.
To get connected to your school’s PTO, contact:
MSW Parent Coordinator
Want to take it one step further and double down on school wellness? The District Wellness Council exists to help make sure the right standards are in place to keep our students healthy and thriving. Parents are a key part of this group! Who better to speak up and look out for your community and your students than YOU?
To find out how to join a wellness council, contact:
Micah Freeman MSN, RN
Supervisor of Nurses & Chair of the District Wellness Council
Check out the video below to learn more about school wellness and why it matters.
Healthy Fundraising Matters
Your student’s school is working hard to make healthier foods more available through standards for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at school. Schools are constantly looking for ways to get better quality and more nutritious foods to your student and to get them excited about those healthy options. That’s because good nutrition builds healthy bodies and minds, which leads to better grades, and creates lifelong healthy habits for our students. But for this to work, we’ve got to keep it consistent, we’ve got to set the right example - schools and families included.
We can help provide consistent messages about healthy eating by making sure that even fundraising activities support healthy behaviors, and don’t conflict with what students see and hear about healthy food at school. There are plenty of other ways to fundraise that don’t include selling junk foods, such as physical activity related events like dance or sports, or selling non-food items like student art. But to make moves away from the old way of raising funds by selling unhealthy items, schools need the help of parents and families.
By showing up and using your voice to help plan and promote healthier fundraising options, parents and families can make sure that our students’ health is always at top of mind. It’s really a win-win. You can help raise important funds for schools to provide the best education possible for your student, AND we can continue to build healthy habits and better performing students through the types of fundraisers will allow at our schools.
So spread the word by sharing the video below (who doesn’t love puppets!?), and check out the section above for easy ways to take action!
A Piece of the School Wellness Puzzle
The work on Healthy Fundraising being done at your schools is just one important piece of a much part of a larger picture of “School Wellness.” School wellness efforts are aimed at creating the healthiest school environment possible for our youth. Schools provide a place for students to not only learn what’s in their books and on the whiteboard, but to develop healthy habits, like healthy eating and being physically active. And guess what? The students who eat well and stay active also perform better in school, showing higher grades and test scores.
All school districts already have written standards in place to make sure they provide your students with the healthiest school environment possible - typically referred to as a School or District Wellness Policy. But they need parents and families like you to make sure those standards are up to par, and that they are actually implemented at your individual schools!
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