Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) for awarding Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) a $52,000 grant to expand a “grab ‘n go” breakfast program to a majority of schools across the district. This program was piloted last year at Brookside Elementary School. Each day, NPS serves lunch to over 7,400 students across the district, 4,100 of which receive free or reduced lunch.

Shout Out to Chef Robert Smith, known as Chef Smitty, who recently joined NPS to ensure that food served across the district is delicious, nutritious and visually appealing. He aims to expand school tastings to give students the chance to try healthy foods. Chef Smitty’s position aligns with the goal of improving the quality of the NPS school lunch/food system as part of the 2016-2017 NPS Strategic Operating Plan and new school Wellness Policy.

Shout Out to Norwalk Education Foundation and Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County for facilitating an open, community dialogue about children with anxiety, how it affects families, and how to best cope with these challenges. On Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Shannon Queiroga, MA, LPC will present, followed by a discussion at the Community Room at the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School. Parents are invited to attend this informative event, free of charge. Learn more at childguidancemfct.org or norwalkeducation.org.

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