Board discusses nutrition: PJHS students teach eating habits

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Eva Dean Stephens, a family consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High, told the Portales school board Monday about the Eat Smart, Play Hard program in which PJHS students teach third graders the importance of eating healthy.
Austin Inge was one of 18 PJHS students who took turns helping with the instruction for a two-week span in March.
The program was developed through the Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture.
“We taught them to eat smarter and we taught them to prepare nutritious snacks,” Inge said. “Many kids sit and watch television and playing football or sports just goes out the window. We want to help parents teach their kids to eat healthy.”
Michael Terry, James Elementary principal, told school board members about a program in which Portales police officers come to the school to fingerprint students for identification purposes.
“We have received tremendous support from the Portales Police Department,” Terry said. “They do inkless fingerprinting.”
Through the National Identification Program, parents are given laminated wallet cards with their children’s photos and fingerprints. Terry said the card is useful in case a child is missing.
In other business:
l Brown Early Childhood Center principal Jackie Burns said parents can register their children for kindergarten from April 18-21 at the center.
l Portales school officials will be taking bids on construction of an addition to the childhood center.
Brown said the hope is that the groundbreaking will begin in the summer for the new building.