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Holley offers after-school snacks for students

Posted 5 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – Angelena Golisano, Destiny Blosenhauer, Efrain Cruz and David LoDolce enjoy their after-school free snack in the Holley Elementary Café.

Press Release
Holley Central School

HOLLEY – Students staying after school for help with a class, participation in a club or activity, or athletic practice now have a chance to pick up a free healthy snack in the cafeteria before heading off to their event.

The free snack differs by the day and gives students an opportunity to try a new snack without spending any money. Snack offerings have included assorted fruit juices, carrots with ranch dressing, celery with peanut butter, cheese sticks or pepperoni with crackers, yogurt, Goldfish crackers, strawberries, oranges and frozen bananas with Nutella.

Nathan Towne enjoys his after-school snack at Holley Middle School/High School.

The snack program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture because at least 50 percent of Holley students qualify for free or reduced meals. All students are eligible to receive the free after-school snacks, regardless if they qualify for free or reduced meals.

The program began in both the Elementary School and Middle School/High School on Jan. 5 and has been well received by students in both schools.

In the MS/HS, about 70 students a day grab the free snack before heading off to their activity. The elementary students are fans of the pepperoni, cheese and crackers or Goldfish crackers with peanut butter.

They appreciate having some healthy fuel in their bodies before they head down to the Fitness Center to participate in a FIT4U! session. FIT4U! is a physical fitness and nutrition program funded by the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant that Holley received last year.