Several state and federal nutrition officials visit Saccarappa Elementary School. From left, Anna Korsen, advocacy director of the nonprofit “Full Plates Full Potential; Abigail Tucker, school cook; Mary Emerson, Westbrook nutrition director; Cheryl Talbot, school cook; Doreen Lajoie, school nutrition substitute; Jane McLucas, Maine DOE nutrition director; Westbrook Superintendent Peter Lancia; Lizbeth Silbermann, USDA Northeast regional administrator; and Cheryl Fogerty Zamaloff, USDA Northeast Region special nutrition programs director. Robert Lowell / American Journal

USDA pays breakfast visit to Saccarappa

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Services Office visited Saccarappa Elementary School March 10.

“We’re here to celebrate School Breakfast Week,” said Elizbeth Silbermann,  the USDA’s Northeast Regional administrator.

The visitors, Superintendent Peter Lancia and school employees watched as students were handed a bag of breakfast in the lobby as they entered school in the morning.

Mary Emerson, Westbrook school nutrition director, said there is a “direct correlation with eating breakfast and academic learning.”

“We are proud of our model of being able to feed every child that wants a meal,” Emerson said. “We want USDA to know that all schools can implement our model.”

The USDA officials also took a tour of the school.


Blizzard Bash Friday

The Westbrook Police Department will host its annual Blizzard Bash Friday, March 17, at Walker Field on Walker Street.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include pizza, games, crafts and snowshoeing. Everyone is welcome.

President of the Maine General Federation of Women’s Clubs Maureen Provencal, left, is pictured March 7 with Westbrook Woman’s Club luncheon coordinator Pat Currier. Contributed / Westbrook Woman’s Club

Woman’s Club fundraiser for mental health

Westbrook Woman’s Club raised $200 with a soup luncheon March 7 to benefit the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Maine chapter president’s project to help promote mental health awareness.

The next Woman’s Club meeting is Tuesday, March 21. The club will host its annual student art show and award cash prizes to the winners. Woman’s Club meetings are at 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Westbrook Community Center.

Guests and new members are always welcome and do not have to live in Westbrook.

50 Years Ago

The American Journal reported on March 14, 1973, that Westbrook High School senior Andrew Broaddus had been accepted at the University of Maine Orono.

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