During last November’s regular Boerne ISD school board meeting, fifth-grader Tatun Walch took the opportunity to ask school board members, “Why can’t we say ‘no’ to food so we don’t waste it?” The student was referring to a state requirement that students accept certain required food items. Walch also asked why uneaten food couldn’t be donated to a shelter.
According to BISD Communications Director Jocelyn Durand, the idea had been floating around for awhile, however nothing came of it until Walch asked her pointed, public question.
That was the launching point for Share Shacks, Durand said. So as the 2019 year began, the BISD operations department made the snack sharing classroom feature available in every grade at Fabra Elementary, allowing students to share snacks picked up the school lunch line.
“Our district values feedback from students,” Durand said. “It’s why we have the student advisory, various planning committees and the student question portion of board meetings. This is a great example of a student alerting the district to something that could be improved and the district listening.”