HAVEN, Kan. — Haven USD 312 was one of eight districts honored for its child nutrition and wellness programs as part of the Kansans Can Vision Best Practice Awards.
The first award came from the greenhouse project started by the district. The greenhouse was in full production and growing enough kale, romaine lettuce and microgreens to support student demand in the school lunch program. Students not only grew the fresh greens, but also grew to love the fresh produce offered on the salad bar.
The district was also recognized for its efforts to make sure all students who wanted one got breakfast. Changes to the school day schedule at Haven High School created more challenges for students to eat a healthy breakfast at the start of the day. A proactive approach doubled breakfast participation with the implementation of a 2nd Chance Breakfast option offered between first and second hours at the high school.
The Kansans Can Best Practice Awards were presented during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting in Topeka.