Mapleton Public Schools (MPS, Thornton) prepare their meals from scratch. Breakfast and lunch during the school year and during the summer are made by scratch. Sauces are made and not bought in jars or cans, rolls are baked the day they are needed and food is cooked (not reheated) in each school kitchen. Most families in this era cannot boast such a feat, let alone entire school districts. Joella Carron, Director of Nutrition Services in MPS, is proud of the kitchen staff and food served to the students. She has worked to cut unnecessary sweets from the menu and claims the scratch cooking is not new, rather, MPS never switched to the trend of processed food. Whatever the case, whatever the reason, MPS has fabulous healthy food and kitchen practices. Mapleton, you’ve got it, I hope you flaunt it.