Students at St. Christopher School in Northeast Philadelphia got a life-long lesson in healthy eating habits on Apple Crunch Day, a national awareness campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The school assembly, run by archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services, encouraged more than 460 kids and their families to eat apples as a healthy snack.
NDS partners with 102 schools in the Philadelphia region to administer the federally funded National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to ensure more 30,000 students have access to breakfast and lunch during the school day. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
St. Christoper students from pre-K to eighth grade fill the school gym.
Brooke Mullen of Nutritional Development Services thanks the students of St. Christopher School for their participation.
Students pray before eating their apples.
Enjoying the day are (from left) Brooke Mullen of NDS; Msgr. Joseph Garvin, pastor of St. Christopher Parish and Mary Tremper, school principal.
Second grader Daniel Shulyk.
Kindergartner Sofia Eshcach, right, gets ready to eat her apple.
Eric Martinez, second grade, eats his apple to the core.
First grader Kelly O’Driscoll.
First graders Sophie McFarlan and Ella Manigrassi enjoy the special school assembly.