Garland ISD is one of just 13 districts selected to feature the Texas Department of Agriculture-funded live-action show, Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour, which makes nutrition education fun and exciting. This music-driven tour made its first stop in North Texas at Bradfield Elementary School Oct. 11. The entertainment continued at Lister Elementary School Oct. 12, teaching more students the benefits of eating well and exercising.
The high-energy program featured nutrition-themed songs and dance. Select classrooms were then treated to a tasting and survey. Students munched on Texas-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat cheese. After savoring samples such as watermelon and bell peppers, the group expressed how they felt about tasting items, the assembly and future food preferences.
GISD was chosen to host the show thanks to the district’s driven Student Nutrition Services Department and culinary supervisors. The team continuously introduces new menu items, features Texas-grown produce, and solicits feedback from students as well as parents. Programs such as Breakfast in the Classroom, free meals for all at 23 campuses, monthly birthday celebrations, and Farm-to-School initiatives help ensure all students have access to healthy, filling meals.
The Jump with Jill crew will visit the campuses in three weeks for a follow up, keeping healthy choices on students’ minds.
Learn more about Student Nutrition initiatives on the department's webpage. For more information about the Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour, visit the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website.