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Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grants award $30K to school districts

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The San Francisco 49ers and Dairy Council of California continued their rich histories of supporting local communities on October 27th by presenting Berryessa Union School District with a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant. This was the third in a series of grants made in conjunction with the Dairy Council of California’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant program. 

This grant was awarded in the form of an oversized check to Berryessa Union School District after Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly at Majestic Way Elementary School, with over 500 students in attendance.

Dairy Council of CA’s Mobile Dairy Classroom with Representatives from the San Francisco 49ers and Berryessa Union School District

Dr. Roxane Fuentes, superintendent of the school district, stated, “On behalf of the Berryessa Union School District, I would like to thank our amazing partners, the 49ers and the Dairy Council of California, for supporting our important mission of promoting student health and wellness. Access to nutritional food is critical to the healthy development of young minds, and today we succeeded in making nutrition both fun and exciting for our students. We are honored to be a recipient of the Hometown Grant, which will help support vital health and fitness programming in our schools.”

The original Farm to School program, the Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly originated in Southern California in the 1930s and teaches students in a unique way where their food comes from — by bringing a working cow to schools. Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor Brandon Roberts said, “Our interactive assembly is offered at no cost to schools and is always a hit with students, many of whom have never seen a cow in person. It’s incredibly rewarding to teach children about where their food comes from.”

“49ers PREP, a direct program of the 49ers Foundation, along with the National Football League are committed to making today’s students the most active and healthy generation that it possibly can be,” said Tucker Baksa, 49ers PREP senior manager. “We are honored to support Bay Area schools through the Hometown Grant to build a foundation of lifelong nutrition education.”

While students and staff at Majestic Way Elementary were excited to celebrate Farm to School Month with the Mobile Dairy Classroom and the Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant presentation featuring 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam, the excitement continued as the whole school toasted with milk sponsored by Crystal Dairy.

“Collaboration is at the heart of what we do in support of elevating the health of children and families in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. It is rewarding to see prestigious organizations like the San Francisco 49ers and Crystal Dairy be so supportive of Bay Area communities through partnership,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California. “The $10,000 grant can really make a difference to the health of children in Berryessa Union School District.”

On October 28, the San Francisco 49ers and Dairy Council of California also donated another $10,000 to the Hayward Unified School District during a Dairy Council of CA Mobile Dairy Classroom Assembly. 

“It’s so exciting to see the world-renowned San Francisco 49ers be so supportive of Bay Area communities,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California. “By supporting California school districts through increasing access to healthy foods such as milk and dairy and educating on sustainable healthy eating patterns, it’s going to make a difference in many lives for years to come.”

Dairy Council of CA’s Mobile Dairy Classroom with Representatives from the San Francisco 49ers and Hayward Unified School District

The Los Angeles Rams have also gotten in on the action. Last month, the Rams presented Culver City School District with a $10,000 Fuel up to Play 60 Hometown Grant on World School Milk Day on September 28, 2022. 

“It’s so exciting to see the Rams be so supportive of Los Angeles communities since their return to southern California. More exciting still is that Culver City Unified School District will be leveraging this community investment across all schools in the district,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California. “By supporting California school districts through increasing access to healthy foods, such as milk and dairy, and nutrition education on sustainable healthy eating patterns, it’s going to make a difference in many lives for years to come.”

Dairy Council of CA’s Mobile Dairy Classroom with representatives from the Los Angeles Rams

Fuel Up to Play 60 Learning Plans

Lesson plans for educators are available here. These lessons align to national standards, and will continue building on to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Learning Plan – a planning outline that helps educators to incorporate Fuel Up to Play 60 into the school year’s learning plans. 

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