Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Circus comes to school in first nutrition education assembly

January 27, 2016






Tara McNamara




Circus comes to school in first nutrition education assembly


SAN DIEGO – Gone are the days of quiet classrooms and books being the only method of teaching. Students at one San Diego Unified school are in for a fun lesson in healthy eating as the district’s Food and Nutrition Services has partnered with San Diego’s Fern Street Circus to bring nutrition education assemblies to elementary schools. Fay Elementary will host the first assembly, “Eat a Rainbow,” where students will learn the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables through an interactive 30-minute circus show – foot juggling, tight wire, contortionist, clown and all.


WHAT: “Eat a Rainbow” nutrition education assembly featuring the Fern Street Circus


WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

9:20-10:00 a.m. – first assembly (grades K-2)

10:10-10:50 a.m. – second assembly (grades 3-4)


WHERE: Fay Elementary

                 4080 52nd St.

San Diego, CA 92105


VISUALS: Foot juggling, tight wire and contortionist circus acts, as well as clown and puppeteer circus performers. Elementary children enjoying the circus acts while learning a valuable nutrition                     lesson. Students interacting with circus performers.


CONTACT: Tara McNamara, food and nutrition services marketing coordinator, San Diego Unified,, 858-627-7316




San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services: Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of the San Diego Unified School District in order to support student academic success and promote healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices. Each day, the 1,400-person team serves about 135,000 meals at more than 250 educational sites in San Diego. Nearly 60 percent of students qualify for free or reduced priced meals.


Fern Street Circus: Fern Street Circus is a San Diego based non-profit organization that aims to create social change, serve families and transform neighborhoods through performance and teaching of circus arts. Circus combines art with sport, changing the way kids feel about exercise, and transcends barriers between people of varying cultures and languages.