By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Southborough – For students at Trottier Middle School, the week of March 11 to 15 was all about healthy living – learning to eat right and exercise on a consistent basis. Student volunteers read morning health tips, and posters educating kids about the “MyPlate.gov” website lined the hallways. Replacing the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid, MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA, depicting a place setting with a plate and glass and divided into five food groups.
Lauren Infantino, the Family and Consumer Health teacher, participated in presenting the program.
“When we could get them,” she said, “we passed out free samples donated by supermarkets, like carrot sticks and dried mangos from Wegmans, during recess. Also, homemade fruit smoothies made by parent volunteers were served for school breakfast on two of the five days.”
On March 22, as a follow-up to Health Week, students participated in the annual Volleyball Marathon. The event took place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and was cochaired by parents Alisa Ufland and Rachel Fier. The Volleyball Marathon is the only fundraiser put on by Southborough Organization for Schools (SOS) at Trottier. Nancy Shantz is the chair of SOS.
“We had roughly 70 percent participation in the Volleyball Marathon,” Shantz said. “We believe that the event raised close to $15,000, although we won’t have final numbers for a while. The money is essentially raised from pledges [both flat rate and per game pledges] and will be used for special presentations, subsidizing field trips, purchasing extras for the school.”