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Taking the Challenge at Tate ES

March 31, 2024

We ended National Nutrition Month on a high note with a special visit to our new friends at Myrtle Tate Elementary School. We welcomed back the school into our Healthy Eating Education Program in 2024. We were just as excited to meet the kids as they were excited to meet us and the special friends we brought along!

The culinary team at Aria Resort & Casino cooked up an amazing spread including an Egg Muffin featuring egg, onion, bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese; Chicken Apple Sausage; Aria Hashbrown; Banana Pancakes featuring whole-grain banana pancakes, with maple flavored Greek yogurt; and a Fruit Salad featuring strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and melon, topped with toasted coconut and honey. Talk about yum! 

The menu was definitely adventurous, and many of the students were excited to take the challenge of trying at least one bite of each item. As they exited the cafeteria we could hear them exclaim “I took the challenge!” 

We were happy to welcome back our friends from Southwest Gas who volunteered, putting a smile on kids faces by helping them don their chef hats! Not only are they great volunteers, many of Southwest Gas’ employees choose to donate to our cause through their employee paycheck contributions and the Fuel for Life program. We are grateful for their invaluable support! 

Additionally, our friends from Hospitality Culinaire Inc. which owns the Jamba Juice at Harry Reid International Airport were on-site blending up their signature strawberry banana smoothies. These smoothies are always a hit with our students, and you can snag one of your own next time you’re at the A/B Rotunda or C & D Gates in the airport! 

There with us in spirit, as always, is our GFF’s at the Guy Fieri Foundation, who has provided generous funds to support our Cookin’ Up Breakfast program for this year. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to have key elements such as our CHEFmobile🚚, supplies to serve breakfast, chef hats, etc. Thank YOU for making our program possible. 

Every breakfast we find new inspiration for why we do our program. Oftentimes we hear “What’s this?” and a child will be holding up something as simple as a strawberry or a grape. Today, we heard a new one… Several of the students didn’t know how to use a fork and knife! With the rise in handheld fast foods becoming cheaper and their primary source of nutrition (who hasn’t seen McDonald’s newest $6.99 for 20 McNuggets deal?) dining etiquette skills like how to use a fork and knife are going by the wayside. Children simply aren’t being exposed to certain foods, or now utensils, in the home. 

Chefs for Kids nutrition education programming exposes kids to new, healthy, experiences in the hopes to affect change in the home environment. Oftentimes we hear stories about a child learning about a fruit or vegetable and asking for it at home, encouraging a family to try a new recipe. Our children are brave and always up for this challenge.

Will you take the challenge and support more healthy eating opportunities for our students? Donate today! 

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