B'ville students 'Fuel Up' to learn

Reynolds Elementary has been participating in the NFL's "Fuel Up to Play 60" program since the beginning of the school year. The program emphasizes daily exercise and nutritious foods as part of a healthy lifestyle for students. As part of this program, the school's PTA sponsored breakfast on Nov. 10 for the school's 75 third-graders to promote healthy eating habits.

Third-grade teacher Jon Langstaff, who is coordinating the NFL program in the building, said students were extremely excited to eat breakfast at school. They ate in their classrooms as they began their morning work before the official beginning of the school day. Langstaff said that by 9 a.m. students had their fill to eat and were ready to start instruction.

Teachers noted that the third-graders' energy levels appeared higher than normal throughout the morning, and they also seemed to be more focused on their studies. Later in the day, staff served the students fruit smoothies and healthy muffins, which the third-graders happily gobbled up.

"They were pleasantly surprised at how good healthy things can taste," said Langstaff.

The school is waiting to hear from the NFL about its application for $3,000 in funding from the organization to support the school's promotion of daily exercise and healthy eating habits.

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