‘Ace,’ the Aramark fox mascot, visits Intermediate and Elementary students to mark National School Breakfast week

Ace the fox with students at breakfast“Ace,” the mascot of Aramark —  Minisink Valley’s food service provider —  visited students at Minisink Valley Intermediate and Elementary schools today, March 3, to mark National School Breakfast Week.

Ace visited students who stopped by the cafeteria for a complimentary breakfast. She interacted with  students as they ate breakfast and posed for photos.

Mascot fox with kindergarten gym students Ace also visited Dr. Sandra Kimiecik’s kindergarten gym class with Food Service Director Marilyn DiGregorio, who spoke to students about the importance of breakfast.

“Eating a healthy breakfast before the start of school is like fuel for your body,” Mrs. DiGregorio told students. “It helps increase energy to help you in a class like gym, improves concentration so you can focus on your school work, helps you to feel less tired and also keeps you healthy by making smart choices.”

Mascot fox with kindergarten and 3rd grade studentsLater, both stopped by Theresa Uhelsky and Ross Potter’s kindergarten/third-grade gym classes for a similar conversation, walking into the gym as the song “What Does the Fox Say?” announced their arrival.

“Choosing a healthy breakfast meal can be tough at times and that’s why it’s very important to choose the right foods,” added Mrs. DiGregorio. “Breakfast is a great way to start your day and get motivated for things like school, a day with family or friends, or just a day to play outside.”

Ace joined both classes in some gym activities, acting as a cheerleader as they followed their teachers’ directions.

Ace will visit Otisville Elementary later this week.

See the district’s Facebook page for more photos.