Healthy Snacks and Classroom Celebrations

The Ottumwa Community School’s Wellness Policy promotes a healthy school environment, including classroom celebrations. Foods served during the school day or in after-school programs should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk, 100% juices and/or water. 

Please check with your child’s classroom teacher when planning classroom celebrations. 

Each celebration should have no more than 2 food items and a drink.

Please no candy goodie bags.

Snack Ideas

Fruit and Vegetables

Vegetable sticks: celery, carrots, zucchini with low-fat dip

Bananas/melon slices/orange slices

Apples, grapes, strawberries


Dried fruit/raisins


Trail mix without nuts

Granola or granola/cereal bars

Graham Crackers, vanilla wafers

Goldfish or unfrosted animal crackers

Fig Newtons, Angel food cake

Whole-grain breads, mini bagels, or muffins

Popcorn, rice cakes, pretzels break sticks

Quesadillas or bean burrito with salsa

Ham, cheese or turkey sandwiches or wraps

Pizza with vegetable and/or lean meat toppings


Cheese cubes/string cheese

Low-fat pudding, yogurt, or Gogurt




100% juice, water, low-fat milk

Visit the following websites for more information:

(Click Here) Action For Healthy Kids

(Click Here) USDA Food and Nutrition Service

(Click Here) Center for Science in the Public Interests