CANUTILLO, TEXAS – All this week, elementary students of the Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) will have the opportunity to sample exotic fruits during breakfast and lunch. The Farmers Market, sponsored by CISD food service provider, Southwest Food Service Excellence (SFE), will include pink lemons and lemonade, baby rainbow carrots, blackberries, blood oranges and starfruit.
“This innovative event for an elementary school setting is a way to get our students excited about quality nutrition,” said Dr. Pedro Galaviz, CISD superintendent. “There’s no denying the relationship between diet and learning in school-age children.”
The traveling farmers market began this morning at Jose Damian Elementary and will continue throughout the week, stopping at all CISD elementary schools during a breakfast or lunch period.
In addition to introducing different fruits and vegetables to students, accompanying literature and activity sheets will be available to students with their produce.
“There’s something exciting about seeing the inside of a blood orange for the first time,” said Guadalupe Perez, Assistant Principal at Damian Elementary. “Automatically, students are curious about the different shapes and colors of the food sampled and it sparks interest to learn about the food in front of them. It’s truly a multi-disciplinary lesson before our students even get to the classroom.”
The SFE partnership with CISD began in August 2015 in an effort to provide students with the most healthful meals possible. Every student of CISD has the option of receiving a free breakfast and lunch.