When Miles, mascot for the Denver Broncos, entered the Grandview Elementary gymnasium Thursday morning, the room filled with the screams of excited children.
Many were sporting Broncos gear, and all had big smiles on their faces when they got to give Miles a high-five.
He visited the school after students won $2,500 for their school from the Dairy MAX Fuel Up to Play 60 Yogurt’s Got Game recipe contest with their “Caramel Apple Crunch” recipe.
Andy Klatt, a physical education teacher at the school, said Grandview has been a Fuel Up to Play 60 school since 2007. The program encourages kids to fuel up by eating breakfast, and be active for 60 minutes per day. The program is supported by Dairy MAX, a dairy council that represents dairy farmers in seven states — including Colorado — and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NFL.
Nicole Cray, director of school wellness for Dairy MAX, said the group works to support school wellness and education in nutrition, especially encouraging children to consume dairy products.
“Healthy students are better students,” she said.
For area dairy farmers, it’s about encouraging kids to keep consuming their product, said Kristie Docheff, of Blue Sky Dairy in Longmont. She keeps in touch with Grandview students through letters throughout the year to tell them about life on a dairy farm.
For more information about Dairy MAZ and Fuel Up to Play 60, which brought Denver Broncos Mascot Miles to Grandview Elementary in Windsor Thursday, go to dairymax.org.
Klatt said the $2,500 from the contest will go toward physical education and nutrition services, like a blender to use with the fruits and vegetables harvested from the student garden at the school, and GPS units to teach students about fitness through activities similar to geocaching. Klatt called it “precision fitness,” and said with the GPS units students can learn about field maps, crop production, field management, latitude and longitude.
— Emily Wenger is the parents reporter for the Greeley Tribune, covering education in Weld County and answering as many questions parents have as she can. You can reach her at (970) 392-4468 or email@example.com or on Twitter at @emilylwenger.