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Shore Acres Elementary encourages students to drink milk

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 9:51 am in Bay Point, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

Shore Acres nutrition services staff members (left to right) Connie Heitketter, manager Agnes Moody and Becky Berg stand in front of a milk carton tree that "grew" to more than 14-feet tall.

Shore Acres nutrition services staff members (left to right) Connie Heitketter, manager Agnes Moody and Becky Berg stand in front of a milk carton tree that "grew" to more than 14-feet tall.

By Theresa Harrington

Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point recently came up with a creative idea to inspire students to drink milk — building a Christmas tree out of the empty cartons.

The Nutrition Services staff sent the following message to teachers Nov. 29:

“Good morning to all,
The cafeteria would like to promote the importance of drinking milk. We need your help! Please encourage your students to drink all of their milk and to save the empty milk cartons. We will be building a GIANT MILK CARTON CHRISTMAS TREE. The more milk we drink, the bigger and bigger our tree will become. We will start tomorrow morning (11-30-10). Mr. Eric will have a bucket to rinse out any leftover milk. Then we will be ready to build!!!!!

With your encouragement and example of drinking milk, it will be a lot of fun and healthy for all of us.

Thank you, Agnes, Becky and the cafeteria staff.”

As a result of this promotion, the staff was able to build a tree more than 14-feet tall, according to Kathleen Corrigan, the Mt. Diablo school district’s director of Food and Nutrition Services.

Congratulations to Shore Acres for “thinking out of the box” — literally!

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