By: Caitlyn Morgan
The middle school has recently announced a new challenge for students and staff that motivates the participants to eat healthier. During the week of March 20th, the middle school will be participating in a ‘Healthy Food Challenge’. The challenge is for students and staff alike. Those that want to join are encouraged to fill out the ‘Food Tracking Chart’ and return it to their homeroom teacher by March 27th. Mrs. Julie Schlarman, chairperson, said, “I want students to realize that their health is very important. What we do now, can affect us later in life. It doesn't matter how smart, talented we are, if we don't have our health, we have nothing. We all only have one place to live, our bodies, and we need to take care of it.”
Mrs. Schlarman is working on additional prizes for people who turn in a food tracking chart. Currently, those who turn in a chart will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free pass to Laser Kraze Laser Tag. Mrs. Schlarman said, “I am still in the process of working with Mr. Howton about additional prizes. I am meeting with him and Mr. Staff to put together the final details of the challenge soon.” The theme of this challenge sticks with March’s theme of National Nutrition Month. The school has also been encouraging the students to exercise. They allow about 40 students into the middle school gym on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 A.M to 7:50 A.M. Paige Ossege, eighth grader, plans on participating in the challenge in order to try and keep her New Year’s Resolution. “I usually eat a mix of healthy and unhealthy food but this year, I’m going to try and eat even healthier. I plan on cutting back on sugary drinks and eating more vegetables and fruits.” See the attached food tracking chart with more details about the challenge.