Latino parent leaders from Lafayette were concerned when they noticed their students more frequently coming home from school hungry.
“It’s a challenge for Latino students to go to school and have this food they don’t know,” Damary Yanes, who has two preschoolers, a third-grader and fifth-grader at Pioneer Elementary, said through a translator. “Our recipes aren’t included in the school menus.”
So the parents, part of ELPASO (Engaged Latino Parents Advancing Student Outcomes), approached Boulder Valley School District with their concerns last school year — and found district officials willing to listen.
The parents talked to food services workers at an August training session, worked with schools on cafeteria policies and suggested recipes. Adding salsa to spice up the “plain” nachos was one easy improvement.
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