Getting your kids to eat healthy foods can sometimes be a challenge, but if you consistently offer them fresh fruits and vegetables rather than sweets, they will start to eat them and enjoy them. I involved my children in packing their lunches for school each day, and they get to choose which fruit or vegetable (or if I’m really lucky, both!) they want to take in their lunches. This way they have made the choice and will be more likely to eat it than if I just chose for them.

At our school, I have seen platters of fruit available to the kids on a couple of occasions and I think that is a great idea! The kids love being offered something on a platter, and very few of them turned it down! That is why I think Teacher Monday is a fabulous idea to help get the kids eating healthy at school.

Back by popular demand from parents and teachers Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announced today it will hold its second annual online contest “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” at  The promotion encourages kindergarten thru 12th grade school teachers across North America to incorporate healthy eating and living messages into classroom activities.  During six weeks this fall, 60 teachers will win cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit.   Ten schools will also win a salad bar for their school.  Many more winners will get a Del Monte Fresh Field Day event for their school in which the entire student body will enjoy a day of Del Monte® fresh fruit, games and fun activities.

Last year, hundreds of teachers and millions of voters throughout North America participated in “Teacher Monday.” Many winning teachers were able to introduce delicious fresh cut pineapple and melons to schoolchildren for the first time.

“If we can encourage just a few more kids to reach for fresh fruit instead of chips or cookies, we have accomplished our goals,” said Dennis Christou, VP of Marketing, North America for Del Monte.

To be eligible to win, teachers must register for “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” online contest at then encourage all their fans to vote for them online.  Ten winners will be selected each Monday for six consecutive weeks in October and November 2011.  Winners are based solely on the number of votes they receive.  Winning teachers will receive $750 in cash to purchase school supplies and $250 in Del MonteÒ fresh fruit coupons for classroom snacks and to use in fruit educational activities.

Watch an entertaining video of real students at Sun City Elementary, in Bossier City, Louisiana — one of Del Monte’s top winning schools in last year’s in “Teacher Monday.”


Winning North American schools will also be linked with schools in countries where Del Monte grows its fruit to help further the education of students by introducing them to another culture.  Tropical schools will also receive $1,000 each for school supplies and improvements.

Look for “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” stickers on Del MonteÒ fresh produce such as pineapples, bananas, melons, grapes, avocados, tomatoes and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, as well as colorful posters and other materials in produce departments.

Like Del Monte on Facebook ( and join us on Twitter (delmontefresh) to stay informed about contest news, download coupons and win prizes and fresh fruit gift certificates.

One of my lucky readers will also be eligible to win this backpacke of school supplies to share with his/her child’s classroom!

Enter to winCanada and the US

Ends Sept. 23rd



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