Student Takes Her Case for School Breakfast to the Top


Rachel D., Nebraska’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador, is working hard to make her school district the best it can be. Thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60, she knows a key way to get students on a healthy track each day is with breakfast, but currently, only seven out of 20 schools in the Papillion La-Vista district offer school breakfast. In a push to make breakfast available for everyone, Rachel, with the help of her Program Advisor, Joe Pudenz, brought the situation to the top – the district’s superintendent.

Joe helped Rachel set up a meeting with the superintendent and other school officials. At the meeting, Rachel discussed the importance of school breakfast and how students who participate in school breakfast are more prepared to learn. The district took Rachel’s facts into consideration and are working on a plan to make school breakfast available for all.

Rachel shared her story at a recent Town Hall event in Lincoln, Neb., sharing with local businesses and other school leaders how she took her case for school breakfast to top school officials.

“I’m proud that Rachel was able to take this initiative into her own hands,” said Joe. “I helped with some logistics, but Rachel was the driving force on bringing this issue to the attention of the district. Her passion to make our district a better place is really great to see.”

Rachel hopes that her work makes a difference for students to come. As she prepares to leave her role as the 2014-2015 Student Ambassador, she has a few words of advice for the incoming Student Ambassador:

“Be enthusiastic,” she said. “Show your passion for the program, and eating healthy and getting active, and others will follow.”

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