Grant to fund Food Services initiative “Breakfast After the Bell,” presented at Washington Redskins game
Posted on 10/12/2018
Students accept giant cardboard check on behalf of Prince William County SchoolsStonewall and Rippon Middle Schools have been selected to receive grants of $5,000 each from the American Dairy Association North East, in partnership with Washington Redskins and Fuel Up to Play 60.

The grants expand nutrition services and encourage physical activity every day for students in these schools. The funds will support a School Food and Nutrition Services initiative called “Breakfast After the Bell.”

Rippon Middle School would like to use the grant to fund a breakfast vending machine so that students can purchase breakfast items if they come in late and the café is already closed.

John Miller, principal of Stonewall Middle School, said, “The program that we want to provide is an a la carte stand in the lobby of the school, so the students will get breakfast as soon as they come into the school, which will help get the students to class quicker and hopefully on time.”

Three lucky students from Stonewall Middle school were invited to accept the giant cardboard check on behalf of Prince William County Schools at the Redskins v. Packers game on Sunday, September 23. Middle school students Kariq, Melanie, and Marvin joined Assistant Principal Tara Kidwell for the game-day experience which included a bus ride to the stadium and on-field passes. The three students won their game-day passes through a school drawing of tickets earned by students for demonstrating positive behavior.

Students arrived at the stadium before the game and were brought onto the field to film the presentation of the check. Smiling and waving for the camera, the resulting video was played on the jumbotron during halftime. Students remained on the sidelines as the players were introduced and brought out onto the field.

This game-day experience was each of the students’ first NFL game.