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Roxbury Elementary Honors Fifth-Graders For Winning Essays On School Lunch

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Four winners from the fifth grade classes of Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford will be honored with special prizes for their convincing essays on preferred school meal foods.

They will be honored during the third wave lunch from 12:55 to 1:25 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the cafeteria in the school at 751 West Hill Road.

The staff of Chartwells Dining Services, the food service provider for all Stamford Public Schools, will serve yogurt parfaits, one of the winning food selections for lunch to all fifth-graders.

The writing contest was introduced by Denise DiBlasi, fifth grade writing teacher, and Kim Lapolla, instructional support teacher for grades 3 through 5. They inspired students to write opinion essays that use standard based literacy skills that correlate with the common core. Students read articles pertaining to nutrition.

From these articles, students showed interest in changing school lunches. This led to a contest motivating students to voice their opinion by sharing their favorite breakfast and lunch. Students were assigned to highlight the beneficial purposes of their selected food by including its nutritional value, cost effectiveness and popularity among peers.

Chartwells Dining Services takes pride in engaging students and all of their senses through the creation of new and fresh dining experiences that improve their school day.

“With a district so rich in diversity, it is essential to include students in voicing their suggestions on preferred meal options in their cafeterias” said Churchillina Jean, marketing manager of Chartwells Dining Services. This enriches the diversity and inclusion culture the company strongly enforces. Chartwells is working towards including some of the voted food choices in their future menus.

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