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'Super Snacks' Strengthen Summer Academy
'Super Snacks' Strengthen Summer Academy
Thanks to Buncombe County Schools Nutrition, children in the hands-on summer learning program get an extra snack in the afternoons to recharge before dinner. At Valley Springs Middle School (VSMS), Daniela, a rising sixth grader, said she looks forward to the tasty snacks each afternoon.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Free “Super Snacks” are fueling student success in the BCS Summer Academy: Full STEAM Ahead.

Thanks to Buncombe County Schools Nutrition, children in the hands-on summer learning program get an extra snack in the afternoons to recharge before dinner. At Valley Springs Middle School (VSMS), Daniela, a rising sixth grader, said she looks forward to the tasty snacks each afternoon.

“It’s a good flavor and makes me happier,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the day!”

That’s also true for BCS School Nutrition staff, said Ms. Sara Lowe, who is managing the cafeteria at the VSMS site.

“They’re always excited,” she said. “And we enjoy feeding the kids, watching their smiling faces, building relationships, and letting them know we’re here for them.”

Nutrition staff and teachers deliver the snacks each day. Combined with free breakfast and lunch, the Super Snacks are an important part of supporting healthy bodies for healthy learning, said VSMS Physical Education teacher Brittin Cox.

“The refreshments are fun and make the afternoons easier for our students,” she said. “The program is beneficial to all of them.”

BCS Super Snacks are served under the At Risk Supper Program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said BCS Nutrition Director Lisa Payne. Buncombe County Schools Nutrition is pleased to participate in this new program.

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