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Junior League Partners With Enlarged City School District of Middletown

Junior League Partners With Enlarged City School District of Middletown

(Middletown, N.Y.) June 4, 2018 – In an effort to encourage healthy eating habits among the youth in Orange County, on April 17thand 18th, the Junior League of Orange County, New York, Inc. (JLOC) partnered with the Enlarged City School District of Middletown to administer a food survey to the City of Middletown middle school students.

“Health and wellness is our League’s main advocacy issue,” said Barbara DeStafeno, President of the Junior League of Orange County. “We are thrilled to play even a small part in helping local students eat better!”

The school district debuted a nutritious Chunky Monkey smoothie that the students were able to sample and critique as part of the survey, which was administered on chrome books, helping to actively engage students in the use of technology.

US Dairy, North East, represented by Olivia Parkin, Orange County’s 2018 Dairy Princess, generously donated new blenders to the school district to make the smoothies. The data collected from the surveys will be used to develop a breakfast menu that is both nutritious and appealing to students based on their food preferences; and to address and encourage student participation in the Prefuel and free lunch programs.

Debra Donleavy, the Enlarged City School District of Middletown’s Food Service Director, said, “The survey is priceless because it gives the students a voice to offer feedback about their school and I look forward to working with the Junior League of Orange County in conducting the next one.”

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Photo: (L-R) Megan Conroy (JLOC), Martha Soto (JLOC), Christina LaPerle (JLOC), Olivia Parkin (US Dairy, North East), and Debra Donleavy (Middletown Schools)

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