Project Citizen: Students Study Smart Start Funding

When asked to develop a project for Project Citizen, a civic engagement competition, Mr. Diehl’s class at Fairview Elementary School in Denver, decided to look at Smart Start Funding. They called in a number of experts, including Leo Lesh from DPS Food and Nutrition Services and Rich Jones from the Bell Policy Center. I was thrilled to get to present to a 5th Grade Class about Hunger Free Colorado’s work to ensure the continuation of Smart Start Funding (which covers the cost of reduced-price breakfasts through state funding).

In this picture are M. Diehl and his students presenting at the Colorado State Capitol about the controversy when the Joint Budget Committee strengthened to deny funding. I was so impressed by their presentation. We are lucky to have such talented and passionate young people advocating for nutrition programs!

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