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Wareham High’s Indiana Troupe Honored by New England Dairy Farmers

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In 2021, dairy farmers worked with New England Dairy to provide $135,000 in grants to 65 New England schools for programs and equipment to expand school meals.

Dairy farmers have been active supporters of school lunch programs for more than a century, and in 2008 they became involved in Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest school wellness program. The program builds students’ skills in teamwork, project planning and public speaking by connecting them to their communities, teaching them about local foods and encouraging healthy habits throughout the life. Through this program, dairy farmers are seeing firsthand the incredible work students are doing as leaders of positive change in their schools and communities, and they wanted to celebrate that.

Dairy farmers have partnered with New England Dairy to recognize students who do good and go above and beyond for others with the Fuel Good in Your Community awards. Selected students win a $1,000 grant to support school well-being through increased access to school meals and physical activity. So far, ten incredible students have won the award, including the Indiana Troupe from Wareham High School.

They had this to say about Troupe:

“Massachusetts Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador and leader of the Indiana National Youth Council earns more than 100 hours of community service a year. He is a counselor at his local drug and alcohol resistance education camp and president of the Southeast Massachusetts Student Advisory Council and works with local charities such as Community Youth Empowerment and the Scotty Monteiro Foundation.