Foothill Elementary students recently started their day with a tasty treat.

During a special presentation, the Pittsburg school received a visit from Kevin Concannon, the USDA undersecretary.

Enrique Pin, principal, said: "It was a great experience. (Concannon) was impressed and commended our school and district for doing a great job serving healthy food to our students."

The school was also congratulated for receiving the Gold Award of Distinction in the Healthier US School Challenge.

As part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Concannon joined students and school officials for breakfast.

Then Concannon (a White House-appointed staff member) discussed some of the district's award-winning ideas and listened to a nutrition education lesson given by teacher Semi Natagh.

Mathew Belasco, director of Child Nutrition Services, said after being reviewed by the California Department of Education for its meal program, Foothill earned the official visit, several awards and some additional upcoming recognition for its solid nutrition program.

Belasco said the students really enjoyed the morning presentation, with some of them "asking for autographs from our superintendent, as well as the state and federal dignitaries who also attended."

"It (was) great to see that the hard work of the Pittsburg USD team is being recognized nationally."


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This is the first phase of the updated school breakfast program being put into action. According to a news release, these updates "provide students with more whole grains, milk with a lower fat content and right-sized meals appropriate for the calorie needs of students of different ages." It also helps ensure proper menu flexibility.

The Pittsburg district has a salad bar "ambassador" at all of its school sites. The main role of the food service employee is to "encourage the children to try new fruits and vegetables" and ensure the minimum requirement of these nutritious choices.

For more information, call 925-473-2450 or visit http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/ship-fs-hhka-summary-2011.pdf

SMALL FRY TIME: The fall Biddy Sports season in Brentwood and Bay Point is coming up.

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the program introduces basic skills to those from about 3- to 6-year-old boys and girls.

According to founder Julie Mason, Biddy Sports teaches the fundamentals of a sport and develops social skills in a fun, safe and family-oriented environment.

"The classes provide a noncompetitive introduction to team sports, where children can participate at their own level and ability without keeping score."

Each hourlong class includes a warm-up, practice and a game. Parents are encouraged to volunteer coach. All training is provided and no experience required.

Brentwood Flag Tag: (4-6 years), Sept. 28-Nov. 16, Summerwood Park by Bristow Middle School, Saturdays. Soft footballs and flags are used to learn the basics of this game. There is no blocking or contact. Fee: Resident $84, nonresident $148.50, includes shirt and a small award. Register by Sept. 18. Info: 925-516-5444; http://www.biddysports.com/

Bay Point Outdoor Soccer: (3-5 years), Oct. 5-Nov. 16, Ambrose Community Center Fields, Saturdays. Register by Sept. 15. Fee: $25 includes a shirt and small award. Scholarships available. 925-458-1601; Ambrose Community Center http://www.biddysports.com/

Bay Point Flag Tag: (4-6 years), Oct. 5-Nov. 16, Ambrose Community Center Fields, Saturdays. Register by Sept. 15. Fee: $25 includes a shirt and small award. Soft footballs and flags are used to learn the basics of this game. There is no blocking or contact. Scholarships available. 925-458-1601 Ambrose Community Center http://www.biddysports.com/

For more info, call 925-628-6554.

CORE LEARNING: Liberty Union High School District recently presented Common Core State Standards material to its teachers during its Professional Learning Day. The day featured technology expert Jim Spellos; Marsha Tokuyoshi, Janet Haun, Dan Hanel and Emily Justice from the county's Office of Education; Rachel Reinhard from UC Berkeley History Social Science Project; Gabriel Flores from Blackhawk Country Club; Bret States from San Joaquin Office of Education; and Victoria Williams and Nancy Salsig from UC Berkeley World Language Project. According to the district's Todd Airola, the day was "filled with collaboration and information to increase teacher's awareness of Common Core within their specific content areas." In addition to the presenters, LUHSD thanked the Highway 4-Balfour Road Starbucks for their "generous donation of coffee."

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com. Please note: Trine also works part-time with the Antioch Unified School District.