Canaan shines in smoothie video

Alder picked to showcase dairy association grant

By Jane Beathard - For The Advocate

Source: American Dairy Association Mideast

The video promotes breakfast “smoothies;” and the stars are Canaan Middle School students.

The American Dairy Association Mideast recently selected Jonathan Alder Local Schools as shooting location for a new video that promotes the consumption of low-fat and fat-free milk products for breakfast and lunch.

Alder Food Service Director Tonya Grove obtained a $5,000 grant in July through the association and the NFL’s Play60 program to purchase blenders. Her goal was to provide fruit and milk smoothies as a breakfast treat.

“They wanted to incorporate more dairy into school breakfasts,” Grove said.

National statistics show one in four students eats breakfast at school.

Under terms of the grant, the district agreed to participate in a media “blitz” promoting its new offering.

A camera crew arrived at Canaan on Nov. 9. The video was slated for posting Tuesday on Alder’s website.

Canaan sixth-grader Ashton Oiler opens the video, describing how drinking a smoothie in the morning gives him additional energy throughout the day. Grove is then seen preparing and serving smoothies to Oiler’s buddies and other Canaan students.

Superintendent Gary Chapman premiered the video at Monday’s board of education meeting. He complimented Grove on her efforts to obtain the July grant, as well as an additional $1,500 grant to bring smoothies to the cafeteria at JA Junior High School. Board members accepted the more recent grant on Monday.

Also on Monday, curriculum director Misty Swanger updated board members on Ohio’s fluctuating high school graduation requirements.

“They changed for this year’s juniors,” Swanger said.

Graduates in 2018 must earn 18 points on end-of-course state tests in seven subjects throughout their high school careers or 12 points on industry-recognized credentials and a 13 on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test. A third option allows graduation by passing the ACT or SAT with state minimum scores.

Administrators across the state have complained that many students will not be able to meet the new standards. The state school board is expected to discuss this issue for the last time on Tuesday.

Published reports said students in career-technical programs who must pass WorkKeys are likely to be affected most.

Kim Wilson, superintendent of Tolles Career & Technical Center, said early childhood development students seeking to obtain the Child Development Associate Credential need 480 hours of work experience for graduation. They can’t get that while attending regular classes. Students in pharmacy and cosmetology programs face similar problems, Wilson noted.

Swanger said WorkKeys tests are not available for every career field. And in some instances, students can’t take WorkKeys until after graduation.

However, she noted the ACT may provide an easier avenue to graduation for Alder students since all juniors in the district must take that test.

“We embrace higher standards…until it negatively affects students,” Chapman noted.

In other routine meeting business, board members:

• Renewed a one-year agreement with Daily Needs Assistance to rent 6,400 square feet of the former Plain City Elementary Building for $1,000 per month.

• Rescheduled the regular January board of education meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 to avoid a conflict with the college football playoff championship.
Alder picked to showcase dairy association grant

By Jane Beathard

For The Advocate

Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.

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Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.