Breakfast program considered success

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A program that provides free breakfast in the classroom for grades K-5 is two years old in Portales and popular with students, teachers and administrators. Participation statewide in the program has grown statewide to the point where New Mexico now tops the list of states in a report on […]

Hot lunches available over summer

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hot, fresh and nutritious meals are being served to children in the community as part of the Seamless Summer Program through the Portales Municipal Schools. According to Shirley Chatterton, director of food services for the schools, the program was created five years ago through the Public Education Department. For […]

Beating the heat

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Landscapers are some of the busiest day laborers during the summer months. Loren Chatterton and Chris Hernandez work for Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Recently, they have been assigned to work out in the spring heat laying pavers for a new patio outside of a Portales restaurant. Chatterton, who has […]

Free kids’ lunches offered for summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With her three daughters in tow, Jamey Gallegos attended Tuesday’s free summer lunch program at Portales Junior High School. Not only does it give her children the chance to get out of the house, but it makes them feel as if they are eating out instead of at home, […]

Starting the day right

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By Tony Parra The number of students eating breakfast at James Elementary doubled to more than 450 on Thursday as free breakfasts were offered to everybody at the school. Second and third-graders at James Elementary began eating at 8 a.m. and finished approximately 15 minutes later. Michael Terry, James Elementary principal, said previously there were […]

School board focuses on students’ health

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The health of the Portales students was the focus of school board members on Monday night as they dealt with mental health, physical health and nutrition. Shirley Chatterton, food service director, said breakfast will be offered to all students of four schools in the district: Brown Elementary, Steiner Elementary, James […]

Portales school district to offer free lunches this summer

By Mike Linn The Portales school district will offer free lunches to youngsters at several school locations this summer and will be reimbursed by federal funds at summer’s end. Anyone under 18 can eat free and adults pay $2 for the meals, funded in part because Portales is classified as a low-income community, food service […]