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FUTP60 Hometown Grant

 

The Loudoun County Public Schools Nutrition Services team was recently awarded the $10,000 “Hometown Grant” as a part of the American Dairy Association North East’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program. The LCPS School Nutrition Services team will be recognized for this award during a pregame check presentation at the December 12 Washington Football Team home game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField in Landover, Md. Greg Holmes, a School Nutrition Specialist, will receive the check on behalf of the Nutrition Services department.

LCPS currently has 57 schools enrolled in the FUTP60 program. With this year’s funding, the LCPS Nutrition Services team is looking to bring “Breakfast After the Bell” carts to four different high schools, in hopes of increasing breakfast participation. In addition, LCPS will be providing $1,100 of the grant to one of the most active FUTP60 schools, Lovettsville Elementary, and $500 will be used for giveaway prizes to students.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has been such an inspiration for Lovettsville Elementary School and the Lovettsville community” said Hugh Brockway, PE Teacher and FUTP60 Program Advisor at Lovettsville. “Students here have taken on the role of wellness ambassadors and helped create healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for each other. Fuel Up to Play 60 has helped Lovettsville Elementary create a positive culture that inspires others to be healthy.”

“Over the past nine years, students have worked together with me to design, build and maintain a school garden that donates vegetables to our local food pantry. They have also created in-class physical activity videos, made school breakfast challenges, painted recess game ideas on the blacktop, assisted with lunch taste tests days, hosted other schools and students to teach them about Fuel Up to Play 60 and held a bike safety rodeo.”

FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program.  The NFL, through FUTP60, provides $10,000 per NFL club market in grant money each year to help school districts implement changes in the physical activity and health & wellness landscape at their schools. The Hometown Grant program, now in its 8th year, is an opportunity for NFL clubs and local Dairy Councils to collaborate on helping students across the country implement physical activity and healthy eating changes in their school communities.

“I am so proud of our students and community and the inspiring hard work that they have done to create a solid Fuel Up to Play 60 program” said Brockway.  “We hope that we serve as an inspiration to other schools in Loudoun County and around the nation. We also very much appreciate the American Dairy Association Northeast and the Washington Football Team for their continued support with this program.”

FUTP60 was launched by the National Dairy Council, NFL, and American Dairy Farmers, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lifestyles. Locally, the American Dairy Association North East works in conjunction with the Washington Football Team and Washington Football Charitable Foundation to facilitate the yearly in-school initiative.

 

 

 

 

Published December 2, 2021