March 25, 2020
TORO, the Houston Texans mascot, meets Holbrook Elementary School students during breakfast on March 3 to kick off the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy MAX’s Breakfast Games at the campus. Former Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader, left, also joined the students and staff for the event, which celebrated proper nutrition and exercise.
March 25, 2020—With the help of a few honored guests, Holbrook Elementary School students and staff celebrated proper nutrition and exercise on March 3 through the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy MAX’s Breakfast Games.
The campus was joined by former Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader, TORO, the Texans mascot, and other dignitaries during the morning after Holbrook was selected by Dairy MAX to host the event. The local dairy council offered schools the opportunity by achieving a three percent increase in breakfast average daily participation during October, November and December.
In addition, schools were to enroll and complete all three steps in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. They included hosting a kickoff event and complete both a healthy eating and physical activity play.
Healthy eating plays include making school cafeterias friendly and cheerful environments, reducing food insecurity in the school community, adopting the “reduce, recover, recycle” approach to lessen food waste and learning where food comes from through field trips and taste tests. Physical activity plays include starting an official NFL FLAG football league or playing games during physical education classes, incorporating physical activity breaks during each class period and starting a walking club.
Reader, TORO and Landry Veith, Pecan Oak Dairy herd manager and Dairy MAX representative, began the day joining 15 Holbrook student ambassadors for breakfast.
Holbrook Elementary School participated in the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy MAX’s Breakfast Games on March 3. Part of the fun included a relay race that included matching different food into groups for a balanced meal and cow stacking. The celebration helped promote proper nutrition and exercise.
“It was good to see the kids,” Veith said. “We want them to have that healthy diet that fuels them. Seeing them face to face really makes our job well worth it. We spend most of our time with cows. We give it to our own kids but we don’t see kids in the cities and get to share our stories very often. This was well worth it and an experience that will last a lifetime.”
Following the meal, the ambassadors and guests joined Holbrook students and staff in the cafeteria for fun and games. Former Texans wide receiver J.J. Moses helped lead the presentation, which included a relay race and awards ceremony.
“This was really fun,” Reader said. “You get to talk to the kids about what you actually do and the importance of it. Put it into perspective–why your body does what it does, why certain things are important to it and how to use them the proper way. And then of course have fun and get your exercise for the day.”
Added Holbrook third grade student Kayden Franklin, who served as an ambassador: “If you don’t eat breakfast or play outside, you’re not going to be in good shape. So you don’t want to be lazy and not have strength.”
Former Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader, left, celebrates the relay race finish with the Holbrook Elementary School ambassadors. The 15 students selected ate breakfast with Reader, Houston Texans mascot TORO and other guests as part of the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy MAX’s Breakfast Games.
Reader spoke of his journey to the NFL during the presentation and the importance of nutrition, especially breakfast. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound defensive lineman recently joined the Cincinnati Bengals following four seasons with the Texans.
“It was amazing to watch the experiences that they’re getting because they don’t get this every day and to be able to hear it from somebody they admire, respect and consider famous is amazing for them,” Holbrook Principal Becky Mendez said. “The partnership and cooperation–everybody pitching in together–to put this on for our kids is unbelievable. The words that come to mind are ‘grateful’ and ‘blessed.’”