What’s for Lunch? Kid-size Equipment Eases Lunch Line Woes

It’s not easy going through the cafeteria line when you’re only 40 inches tall.  Sometimes it’s hard to reach for your tray or your milk.  Youngsters at John Dewey Elementary School will no longer have this problem.
The Warrenville Heights City Schools has received a $5,000 grant from Amazon to purchase serving line equipment that’s 6- to 12-in. lower than the standard height.  It will allow John Dewey’s preschool, kindergarten, and first grade scholars to reach for their food trays quickly and safely.
“The nice thing about the serving equipment is that it can be moved, so we can continue to use it when John Dewey scholars move to the new pre-K to five school in 2020,” noted Matt Heinl, District Food Services Supervisor, who applied for the grant.
Amazon representatives will visit with selected classrooms at John Dewey on Tuesday, October 23 to celebrate the new equipment and promote the importance of healthy eating.  The grant is part of Amazon’s Rise & Smile program which has proven to be a fun and celebratory way for students to learn more about the importance of eating breakfast and their school’s breakfast program. John Dewey has a free breakfast and lunch program for all scholars.

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