The Fletcher Elementary School has received a $6,550 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant from the Vermont Agency of Education. The funds will be used to provide healthy fruit and vegetable snacks free of charge to all students throughout the year.
Underwritten by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s goal is to introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables to students as healthy snack options. Schools are encouraged to form local and state partnerships in sourcing the food.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is seen as an important catalyst for change in combating childhood obesity by helping children learn more about healthful eating habits. The program introduces children to produce that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to sample.
By Chris Dodge, FES Principal
For the second consecutive year, the Fletcher Elementary School’s preschool program has earned the highest possible ranking – 5 stars – from Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS).
Administered by the Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families, STARS recognizes high-quality childcare, preschool, and after-school programs that go above and beyond state requirements to serve children and families. The more STARS a program has, the more services and supports it offers to children, families, and other local childcare, preschool and after-school providers.
Five-STAR programs are recognized for exceptional work in five areas including compliance with state regulations; staff qualifications and training; interaction with and support of children, families, and communities; thorough program assessments and planning; and strong operating policies and business practices.
The Fletcher Elementary School’s preschool program serves both three- and four-year-olds. Taught for the past 13 years by veteran teacher Nancy Hurt, the program aims to work with families to promote healthy academic and social learning through play. This begins with strong relationship building and exploration of new materials, experiences, and ideas.