The Croton-Harmon Child Nutrition Program A COmmunity COmes Together

On Monday, Croton-Harmon realized the goal of its Child Nutrition Program: offering every child in the district a healthy meal and ensuring that no child goes hungry. The kitchen at PVC and servery at CET are officially open as lunch was served at all three schools and breakfast offered at PVC and CHHS. The turn-out was tremendous, with the number of meals served being at least twice what was expected.

As we recognize this accomplishment, Dr. O'Connell reminds us that this initiative began with students' concern for classmates who may not have had enough to eat. She praised students for being advocates for themselves and each other.

Celebrations of the new facilities were held at PVC and CET last Friday, beginning with a breakfast at the middle school sponsored by the PTA. Then students and faculty were invited to wear a colorful apron and help cut the ribbon, signifying the kitchen was complete.

Assistant Superintendent Cohen led the way for students and parents through the serving line, discussing the types of foods that will be offered and explaining the point of sale system, which not only allows students to pay for their meals, but provides alerts to food allergies and limitations that parents may choose to set for their child. Details about setting up accounts to pay for meals, the free and reduced lunch program and other important information can be found on the Croton-Harmon district website. Click below.

Over at CET, several students participated in the fun by holding up signs to share the news about their lunch program, while Principal Maloney and Assistant Principal Bianchi had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

But perhaps the highlight of the festivities was the trio of Assistant Superintendent Griffiths, Principal Plotkin and Assistant Principal Scollins who, to everyone's delight, performed a unique rendition of Beauty & The Beast's, 'Be Our Guest.' Click the link to enjoy a taste.

As Dr. O'Connell said at the ribbon cutting, "We are a community. We are as one. So, if one of us is hurting, we are all hurting. And we come together to help." The district is so gratified to be able to deliver this service to our families. But we didn't do it alone. The Croton-Harmon administration and Board of Education are incredibly appreciative of the work done by all.