SFSD Wellness Committee works toward goals

The School District of Sheboygan Falls held its spring Wellness Committee Monday, April 11.

The committee is looking for a high school parent to replace Carrie Arenz, who has served on the committee for the past five years.

Food Service Director Amy Lawrenz has been busy this year advocating for school families and students by working with the DPI regarding funding efforts to try and keep menu prices down.

She is also asking for leniency in food offerings instead of “requiring” the kids to take food that they will not eat, resulting in a great deal of wasted food.

The committee is hoping that her feedback, along with the feedback from other area food service directors, will make an impression on state regulators.

In addition, Lawrenz continues to make a positive impact in the district’s schools by applying for Fuel Up to Play60 grants, hiring a kitchen specialist who will help prepare locally grown food to be used with homegrown recipes and holds monthly meetings with the middle school Snack Group to stay in touch with what the students have to say about the school lunch program.

Most recently Lawrenz conducted a seasoning station with the group where she gave them samples of foods prepared with the different seasoning to see what the students liked the most.

The SDSF school nurses, in collaboration with Director of Student Services Ann Roy, began the “Smiles for Life” program this past December.

The program provides basic dental care for students who have Badger Care and need a cleaning or other basic procedures. They did a second visit in March and will be here again in May.

Here is a break-down of the district’s participation numbers: 43 elementary school students, 10 middle school students and 11 high school students.

The goal of the program is to target 50 percent of the students in the district that are a part of the free or reduced lunch program in the school district, which would equal servicing roughly 140 total students.

Finally, the committee is hoping to see the all of the community attend the Color Run on Saturday, May 14.

The Inaugural Color Run has been a collaborative effort between the Sheboygan Falls Elementary School PTO and Matt Pfister, Wellness Committee member and high school physical education teacher.

The goal is to start as a small community event and then to expand to communities outside of Sheboygan Falls in the years to come.

Registration forms are available at all three schools. The cost to register is $15 for adults and $10 for children. T-shirts are also available for an additional $5 each.

Proceeds will help support the Elementary School PTO and the high school physical education classes.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a Zumba warm-up. A DJ will be playing music throughout the event and snacks have also been donated. Volunteers are still needed.

If you have questions or are willing to volunteer, contact Roberta

Lentz at falconfamiliesofsfes@gmail.com or Matt Pfister at mepfister@sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us. The rain date is Saturday, June 4.

The Wellness Committee welcomes any community members interested in sharing a passion for health and fitness at the meetings.

For more information, contact SFMS Principal Meloney Markofski at 920-467-7880, ext. 4234 or email at mdmarkofski@sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us

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