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Kudos to Ortega Elementary for selling fruit, not candy, as fund-raiser

Ortega Elementary in Austin is selling organic oranges grown in Weslaco as a fund-raiser. Photo courtesy Ortega Elementary

Ortega Elementary in Austin is selling organic oranges grown in Weslaco as a fund-raiser. Photo courtesy Ortega Elementary

I’ve always wondered why schools and clubs so often sell chocolate bars and cookies to raise money for field trips. (And don’t even get me started on the school-sponsored mattress sale in my neighborhood!)

Do we have to promote poor eating habits to fund extracurricular activities?

At Ortega Elementary in East Austin, the answer is no.

Ortega is partnering with the Sustainable Food Center, which promotes healthy food in schools, to sell organic oranges from Texas grower G&S Groves.

Twenty-pound bags sell for $15. Proceeds from the sale will supplement Title I funds that pay for off-campus excursions.

The school will accept orders through Dec. 2 at the school, 1135 Garland Avenue. Pickup is Dec. 15-17.

Staff members at Ortega say they hope other schools follow their example of organizing healthy fund-raisers.

I like their plan. I love fresh-squeezed orange juice, and I’ve got enough cookies and candy in my life already.

 


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